North Hertfordshire Museum, Brand Street, Hitchin
15 October 2022 – 29 January 2023
We at Hitchin Creative are delighted to be supporting an exhibition of works by two of Hitchin’s most highly-respected artists.
Carl Laubin and James Willis (one of the founding directors of Hitchin Creative) have lived just 200 feet from each other for 30 years and yet met by chance in 2019. They were introduced at a friend’s house and discovered they were painters of local architecture and landscapes and – astonishingly – both working on views of the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich. Now some of their most vibrant and engaging work is on show in their home town, supported by newly-launched Hitchin Creative – a Community Interest Company.
Award winning painter Carl shows us landscapes inspired by his lockdown walks in the surrounding countryside alongside his astonishing recreations of the architecture that Nicholas Hawksmoor designed for the Royal Hospital at Greenwich. It is as if you can step back into the mind of this great architect and experience his unbuilt vision for the place.
James presents his luminous and atmospheric watercolours of local buildings from unusual perspective viewpoints or in imaginative arrangements known as Capricci. These were inspired by many years working at Sir John Soane’s Museum; another place which connects the two artists.
A beautifully written and illustrated catalogue accompanies the show, featuring writing by some of the artists’ friends from the world of architecture, art history and heritage, as well as informative and interesting essays by both artists.
The free exhibition at North Hertfordshire Museum has been expertly curated by Ros Allwood and her team to present these new pieces for the public to enjoy. It runs from 15 October to 29 January 2023.