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9:27 AM 13th March 2020

Tony Dexter’s A 'Blast Of Seaside Colour' – New Exhibition At Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre

The Blue Trawler
The Blue Trawler
An exhibition of paintings inspired by the vibrant colours of the seaside opens at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre later this month.

A Blast of Seaside Colour (31 March to 27 June) features paintings by West Yorkshire artist Tony Dexter. A frequent exhibitor in the county, Tony is influenced by a variety of themes including still life, trees, boats, beaches and fish.

Much of his work is based on and inspired by the seaside, with an accent on old fishing boats from the East Coast, such as Filey cobles, along with boats from Scotland such as fishing craft from Uig (Isle of Lewis) and the Isles of Mull and Iona.

His paintings are semi-realistic, colourful and visually distinctive and he chooses angles and scenes that present the viewer with a unique and contemporary image.

His paintings feature a mix of the abstract and the figurative as well as a balance between large areas of pure colour and more vivid multi-colour parts, reflecting his view that when people look at objects like a wooden fishing boat the variety of colour is, at first glance, often not seen: looking more closely reveals stunning effects.

Tony Dexter
Tony Dexter
He uses acrylic paints, often applied using a palette knife, and every painting is varnished to create a colourful and bold finish.

Tony says: “I’m delighted to be exhibiting in the Gallery at the SJT. What could be more appropriate for an exhibition in Scarborough than paintings inspired by boats and the sea?”

A Blast of Seaside Colour can be seen in the gallery at the SJT from Tuesday 31 March to Saturday 27 June 2020. The gallery is open from 10am to 6pm, Mondays to Saturdays, except during show times (mostly evenings, but some afternoons: please check the website before travelling). Entry is free.