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‘Enchanting’ North Sea coast brought to vivid life in artist’s works

PUBLISHED: 15:53 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:53 09 February 2018

An artwork by Rosamunde Copping, now on display at the North Norfolk District Council office in Holt Road, Cromer. Image: Rosamunde Copping

An artwork by Rosamunde Copping, now on display at the North Norfolk District Council office in Holt Road, Cromer. Image: Rosamunde Copping

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Haunting artworks depicting the North Sea coast have gone on show at North Norfolk District Council’s offices in Holt Road, Cromer.

An artwork by Rosamunde Copping, now on display at the North Norfolk District Council office in Holt Road, Cromer. Image: Rosamunde CoppingAn artwork by Rosamunde Copping, now on display at the North Norfolk District Council office in Holt Road, Cromer. Image: Rosamunde Copping

The oil paintings, by north Norfolk artist Rosamunde Copping, were inspired by the sea defences at East Runton.

Ms Copping said she was “enchanted by the North Sea”.

She said: “This is an exhibition of 10 paintings that record the eroding sea defence metal at East Runton over the winter of 2016-17, and memories I have pinned to a shoreline.

“The backdrop of a physical environment is subject to change as time passes.

“However, in our memory, places can stand still.”

Ms Copping moved from London to Cambridgeshire when she was young and she said this was part of what inspired her to eventually become an artist.

She said: “Missing the diversity and cultural circus made me reflective, and joining a small but jolly community in a flat land with huge skies made me expressive and curious.”

Later, after a teaching career, Ms Copping moved again to find a new home by the sea.

She said: “I moved to the north Norfolk coast to focus more fully on continuing and developing my own understanding of how people live, and how I can record times places and memories.”

Ms Copping said she was constantly inspired by the things she saw around the area.

She said: “I spend my afternoons and evenings out and about, walking with my husband or on my own catching glimpses. I think of myself as very lucky to have been able to draw and paint all my life and earn my living by being creative and practical.”

Cllr Maggie Prior, the council’s cabinet member for leisure and culture, said she was a fan of the artwork.

She said: “These are fantastic paintings, and we are delighted to be able to display Ros’s work. I’m sure visitors will be as impressed as I am. If you are an artist yourself, why not apply to show your work in our gallery?”

The exhibition – called Edges – runs until March 9. The gallery is open 8.30am-5pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm on Wednesdays and 8.30am-4.30pm on Fridays. The council holds six exhibitions at its offices each year. Visit www.painters-online.co.uk/artist/roscopping to see more of Ms Coppings art.

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