Weston Park is delighted to welcome Bakhtiar Umataliev for this beautiful exhibition of watercolour works, painted en plein air, which bring the historical county town of Shrewsbury to life within the Rose Paterson Art Gallery’s walls. In addition, artist Bakhtiar Umataliev is also showing a selection of his other works, demonstrating the breadth of talent that emanates from his brush. In his own words:
Since settling in Shropshire almost 20 years ago I find I am drawn time and time again to the lanes and passages of Shrewsbury. I love its architecture, especially old oak framed buildings, the sense of history and its charm.
The added bonus of painting plein air is that locals come and chat to me and give me their own recollections of the subject matter. I have been delighted to hear tales from local residents of their childhood favourite cake shop on the Wyle Cop, the filming of A Christmas Carol, or the history of Henry Tudor whose troops were stationed at Barracks Passage.
The remainder of my exhibition is given over to my still life oil paintings, flowers and portraiture which I tend to work on in the studio in the winter months when it is too cold to paint outside