Exhibition of Norfolk’s wildlife by Chris Orgill in the Creake Abbey Café

Exhibition of Norfolk’s wildlife by Chris Orgill in the Creake Abbey Café

We are delighted to announce that the current exhibition of Norfolk wildlife paintings and sketches in the Creake Abbey Café has now been extended till February 2021.

Living and working in Norfolk, Chris Orgill is a painter inspired by wildlife and landscape.

For many years he worked as a designer and conservator at Nottingham’s Natural History Museum helping to restore and conserve the museums huge collection.  A short period as a graphic designer followed before he decided to devote himself full-time as a painter.  Whilst museum work continues on a freelance basis, he has now moved close to the North Norfolk coast to sketch and paint the county’s wildlife and countryside.

Chris has exhibited with the Society of Wildlife Artists and has had several successful solo exhibitions; he has provided illustrations for numerous books and magazines including bird identification plates for ‘Birds of the Atlantic Islands’ published by A & C Black and was a winner of ‘British Birds’ magazines national competition ‘Bird Illustrator of the Year’.  His recent work is featured in a new book ‘Red 67’ published February 2020 by the British Trust for Ornithology, highlighting bird species of special conservation concern.

The paintings in this exhibition are the result of sketches and paintings made from observations and encounters in the field.  These first-hand encounters are a vital and enjoyable part of the creative process, sketches can take the form of detailed field paintings, simple scribbles or even written notes, in fact any information that can be gathered to provide reference for larger studio paintings.  As the number of notebooks grow, only a few of the sketches actually become more resolved paintings and whilst the initial intention is always for the field sketches to act as reference, the freshness and immediacy of the sketchbook work increasingly becomes an end in itself.

Pencil, watercolour and crayon are used for field sketches, oil or acrylic for larger, studio-based work.  The medium used is often determined by the subject matter, if quick drying glazes are needed then acrylic is used, oil is chosen if a brighter, blended effect is required.

Further work, particularly sketchbook pages can be found on Twitter: @chris_orgill and Instagram: chrisorgillartist

Works and prices can be found here:

List of paintings for Creake Abbey – Reduced prices 1 Sept 2020

List of paintings for Creake Abbey – Reduced prices 2 Sept 2020