The East Cape Watercolour Association (ECWA) is assisting its oldest member with his solo exhibition which opened on Tuesday at The Art Shop at Moffet on Main Lifestyle Centre.
Having worked with the association for decades, Jim Cooper, 96, specialises in painting naval ships and old sailing ships, inspired by his experience as a royal marine during World War 2.
“He has been an active member ever since he joined about 25 years ago and has given numerous workshops to the members and helped many beginners,” ECWA committee member Robyn Roberts said.
The English-born artist developed his love for art at a young age, during his school days in England, before being called up for active duty as a Royal Marine at the age of 18 to fight with allied forces against the Germans in World War 2.
Cooper received six awards for “personal courage and bravery shown” on the notorious Arctic Convoy Route during the war.
Post World War 2, he took a watercolour painting course with renowned artist and author John Blockley. Cooper relocated to South Africa in 1964 with his then wife and five sons. He now lives in Lorraine with his wife of 10 years, Val, and their cat Wimpy. The former ECWA chairman was also one of the founders of “Art in the Park”, where he used to showcase and sell his paintings.
“He is very excited about this exhibition,” Roberts said.
The exhibition of Cooper’s paintings will run until March 5 and he will be at the exhibition at 11am on Saturday to meet guests.
Viewing hours are 9am to 5.30pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends.
The East Cape Watercolour Association will also host a “Drop and Spritz” workshop by renowned Kenton-on-Sea artist Jo Daniels on March 7 at Wesley Gardens Hall, Methodist homes in Greenshields Park from 9.30am
Entry for members of the association is R150 and R200 for non-members. Bring watercolour paints in a palette, paper, pencil and rubber, ice cube tray, ruler and any syringes or pipettes.For more information you can contact (041) 367-1863.