Thursday, 3 September 2020

Four Marine Paintings





 Four paintings of boats and small ships.

From top:
Sheringham Crabber 38 x 56cm
Aldeburgh Beach Boats 38 x 56cm
Hut No.11, Aldeburgh 38 x 56cm
Tug Boat and a Crescent Moon 28 x 38cm

The first painting was shown at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 2018 exhibition.

Beach Ripples


 Beach Ripples
Watercolour 38 x 56cm

A painting of the spectacular expanse of
Burnham Overy Staithe beach at low tide.

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

888 AD The First Settlers on the Island of Great Yarmouth



 A new project: I have written a story about the first people to settle on what was an island, where Great Yarmouth stands now, in the year 888.

Two Saxon brothers decide to build houses on the island of Gernemutha, and take their families across to live there. They will be better placed to take advantage of the herring fishing in the autumn. But there are many problems to be overcome, and danger lurks at all times: although East Anglia is ruled by a Dane, King Guthrum, still Viking raids persist until the time of William the Conqueror.

An illustrated children's book will hopefully see the light of day before Christmas!

Top: Herewulf Gathers Mussels in the Great Estuary. Watercolour 38x56cm                                                                                           

Lower: The Island of Gernemutha, Seen From the East. Watercolour 13x18cm


Cromer Beach Dusk


 Cromer Beach Dusk
Watercolour 56 x 76cm

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Boats, Beaches & Barns Book at reduced price




"Boats, Beaches & Barns
of Norfolk and Suffolk"

This lavish 180 page hardback coffee-table book is now listed on Amazon UK
at the reduced price of £22.20 + postage
(Total £25.00)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boats-Beaches-Barns-Norfolk-Suffolk/dp/0995625409

The book features much of the artist's output from the years 2005-2017,
and begins with an engaging Foreword by Ed Balls, former
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, and now a popular broadcaster.

Friday, 25 October 2019

IEA Open Exhibition

Dusk on Aldeburgh Beach
Watercolour 38x56cm

This painting, and the one of Wells Quay in the previous post, will be featuring in
the IEA Open Exhibition, opening in Holt, North Norfolk, in a week's time.
'IEA' is the Institute of East Anglian Artists, and this year's show is once again
being staged in Holt, at The Gallery, a beautiful and prestigious venue,
which has been the subject of a complete refurbishment.

The Private View will be next Friday, 4-7pm, after which
the exhibition continues until Tuesday 12th November.
Open daily 9-5pm, and 11-4pm on Sundays.

East Anglian Group of Marine Artists Exhibition


Two Skiffs in the Yard (top) watercolour 56x76cm
Cromer Boats and Tractors watercolour 38x56cm

Two watercolours shown in recent exhibitions, including those of the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists (EAGMA), and Eastern Contemporary Artists. The one of Cromer has sold, and is now living in Texas.
The larger one, (top), shows two beach skiffs used on Great Yarmouth beach in the early 20th Century. They were built circa 1912, and were used for fishing from the beach in winter months, and for pleasure rides for holidaymakers in the summer. They are prserved at the wonderful Time and Tide Museum in Graet Yarmouth.

Thursday, 30 May 2019



The big one-man show opens this Saturday! Over 70 paintings on display, to celebrate 30 years as a full-time artist, and 50 years since I enrolled at Norwich School of Art.



Above: December at Wells Quay, watercolour 38x56cm

The Gallery, Picturecraft,

Lees Yard, Holt, North Norfolk NR25 6HS

Opens Saturday 1st June 2019
The exhibition continues to Wednesday 5th June. Open 9am-5:00pm daily
(11am - 4pm on Sunday 2nd June)

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Forthcoming One-Man Exhibition


North by East
You are cordially invited to view
an exhibition of watercolour paintings by
Andrew Dibben, I.E.A., Dip.A.D.


In mid-2017, Andrew and his wife relocated to Gorleston-on-Sea, to a house with a grandstand view of the river Yare, the port of Yarmouth, and to the sea beyond. While still painting North Norfolk subjects, the artist has also embraced subject-matter from his new east coast surroundings, and will be showing a fascinating mixture of motifs in this exhibition.
This year marks fifty years from when Andrew enrolled at the then Norwich School of Art, and thirty years of working as a full-time landscape and marine artist. This personal landmark exhibition will feature a few paintings from earlier years, as well as a number of the small boat studies for which he is renowned. For several years, Andrew has experimented with a more contemporary style of cityscapes, few of which have had a public airing. By way of a complete contrast, a number of these intriguing studies will be shown here for the first time.
We hope that you will be able to join us!

The Gallery, Picturecraft,
Lees Yard, Holt, North Norfolk NR25 6HS

Opens Saturday 1st June 2019
The exhibition continues to Wednesday 5th June. Open 9am-5:00pm daily
(11am - 4pm on Sunday 2nd June)

Painting featured above: Sheringham West Slipway. Watercolour 38x56cm (SOLD at RSMA exhibition)

Great Yarmouth Power Station Series




Here are 4 from a series of small studies I have been working on, based on the view from my house in Gorleston-on-Sea. There are 8 in the series so far, all quite small - 14x19cm image area (plus framing).The view is endlessly fascinating, with the light constantly changing, ships passing or mooring up, and changing weather conditions.

Sheringham Crabber "Windsor Rose"

"Windsor Rose" on Sheringham Beach
Watercolour 38 x 56cm

Monday, 14 May 2018

Two Skiffs
Watercolour 38 x 56cm 2018
A recreation of a Great Yarmouth beach scene from the 1950s and 60s,
this painting features two boats preserved at the excellent
Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth

Burnham Overy Staithe Beach

Razor Shells on Overy Beach
Watercolour 56 x 76cm 2018

Friday, 29 December 2017

EDP Norfolk Magazine Feature

The January 2018 issue of EDP Norfolk Magazine has this double-page spread about the new book "Boats, Beaches & Barns". Also, an opportunity to win a free copy!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Boats, Beaches & Barns of Norfolk and Suffolk




The new book is out!
"Boats, Beaches & Barns of Norfolk and Suffolk"
with a delightful Foreword by Ed Balls
is available in many bookshops in Norfolk,
with distribution in Suffolk expected soon.

Initially, the book is being stocked by the following bookshops:
Jarrolds Department Store, Norwich
Jarrolds at The Forum, Norwich
City Bookshop, Davey Place, Norwich
The Bookhive, London Street, Norwich
The Holt Bookshop. Holt, North Norfolk
The Gallery Picturecraft, Holt, North Norfolk
Diss Publishing, Diss, Norfolk
Snape Maltings Trading, Snape, Suffolk
The Aldeburgh Bookshop, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Crabpot Bookshop, Cley Next-The-Sea, North Norfolk
Crabpot Bookshop, Wells-Next-The-Sea, North Norfolk
Showcase Gallery, North Walsham

The book is a fat 180-page tome, in a large, hardback format, and is priced at £30. 

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Forthcoming Exhibition

Just over one week to go before the exhibition at THE FORUM , Norwich,
Monday 11th - Saturday 16th September,
and the launch of the new book

BOATS, BEACHES & BARNS
OF Norfolk and Suffolk

with a Foreword by former
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls

The exhibition, in the atrium of The Forum, will be available to view during normal opening hours. I will be present from approx. 10am - 5pm, to speak to visitors and sign copies of the book. 

(The above painting of Cromer is sold)

Friday, 2 June 2017

Great Yarmouth Arts Festival 2017

"Lydia Eva" by Night
Watercolour 56 x 76cm
Another night-time view of the Lydia Eva, moored close to the Town Hall
at Great Yarmouth. This painting, along with the one shown below, will be
on display in Yarmouth's Minster from Saturday 3rd June - Sunday11th June,
10:30am - 4:30pm, as part of a display for the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival.

Monday, 27 March 2017

South Quay, Great Yarmouth

"Lydia Eva" Moored at South Quay
Watercolour 28 x 38cm (Sold)
The Lydia Eva is a preserved steam drifter, the last remaining
example of the huge fleet that was based in Great Yarmouth.
In the port's fishing heyday, there could be as many as 1,000
vessels moored along and right across the river.

Brancaster Staithe Marsh

End of The Day, Brancaster Marsh
Watercolour 38 x 56cm (Sold)

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Brancaster Staithe

The Blue Dinghy, Brancaster Staithe
Watercolour 56 x 76cm, 2016 (Sold)

I have been following the fortunes of the mussel boats (and their users!)
at Brancaster staithe for 10-15 years. Sadly, their numbers are gradually
declining, as they get older and beyond economical restoration.
This painting is one of my submissions for the annual exhibition of
the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (R.I.) for 2017. The
exhibition will be at The Mall Galleries, London, opening on 6th April.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

The Fisher Fleet, King's Lynn

The Fisher Fleet, King's Lynn
Watercolour 38 x 56cm (Sold)
A few of the many prawn fishing boats based at King's Lynn.

Rowing Boats at Thorpeness

Tina, Eleanor, Sophie, and Clare
Watercolour 38 x 56cm (Sold)
A few of the many hire boats on the lake
at Thorpeness, Suffolk.

LT 336 on Aldeburgh Beach

LT336 On Aldeburgh Beach
Watercolour 38 x 56cm (Sold)

There are several wooden boats on Aldeburgh beach, but most of them are no longer
seaworthy. They are painted and maintained by Mr Alan Burrell, who is thus preserving
some of the town's heritage. There are one or two exceptions, such as the boat seen here,
which is still in regular use. This painting was shown in the R.I. annual exhibition in2015,
at The Mall Galleries, London, together with the Ibizan fishing boat shown lower down.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Brancaster Staithe Marsh

Abandoned Boat
Watercolour 38 x 56cm
This is one of the boats whose career I have followed over the last 10 years or more,
sadly now beyond repair...

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Wooden Barn Series

Green Farm Barn, Saxtead
Watercolour 38 x 56cm
I found this timber barn close to a main road. The doors looked as though they might not have opened in a long time, but I decided I wanted to paint it with one door ajar, and have the shadow cast by it. I made a small card model to check on how the shadow would fall.

Wooden Barn Series

"Requires Slight Attention"
Thatched wooden barn near Wrentham, Suffolk
Watercolour 45 x 60cm

Barn Painting Series

Suffolk Thatched Barn
Watercolour 56 x 76cm

I came across this amazing thatched barn near Bungay some time ago, and took a few quick photos of it, making a mental note to return and photograph it from different angles and in different lights. When I returned one month later, it had gone! The site had been completely cleared; I could hardly believe my eyes... I painted this tribute to it.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Plein-Air Studies in Skiathos



Old Harbour Entrance, Skiathos
and View Over Skiathos Town 
Plein-air studies 23 x 31cm  (9" x 12")

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The Houses of Parliament & The Thames


"Tattershall Castle" paddle steamer & the Houses of Parliament
Watercolour 28 x 38cm

Friday, 22 April 2016

Plein Air Studies at South Quay, Great Yarmouth

Diving Support Vessel & the Haven Bridge, Great Yarmouth
28 x 38cm (11" x 15")

Diving Support Vessel, Great Yarmouth
23 x 30cm (9" x 12")

The "Atlantic Carrier" Loading at South Quay
23 x 30cm (9" x 12")

These were painted on the spot in July 2015, when we were enjoying a lovely hot spell.
The ships are very colourful, and packed full of mysterious gear.


New York Studies


Chrysler Building & the Queensborough Bridge
28 x 38cm (11" x 15")


Looking NW - Bank of America & the Hudson River
13 x 18cm (5" x 7")


Friday, 4 September 2015

New Cityscapes



Top: Manhattan 2  56 x 76cm (22" x 30")
Above: Brooklyn and Verrazzano Narrows  56 x 76cm

I have been working for some months on a new series of paintings based on elevated views of large cities, following visits to a number of suitable locations in New York, London, and other large cities in the last couple of years. I have made a great effort to work in a looser way, in order to achieve a more contemporary feel.
Here are a few of the resulting works.



Top: St Paul's and the River 3  30 x 40cm (12" x 16")
Above: St Paul's and the River 6  36 x 51cm (14" x 20")


Brooklyn 1  56 x 76cm (22" x 30")