Paintings by Local Artist Michael Bury 

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Picture: Michael with visitor and fellow artist, Jenny Lowe.

Michael Bury’s exhibition from 28th April to 20th May in the David Rudkin Room proved a very popular draw over the five days of the Arts Trail. More than 850 people visited the Museum to view watercolours of some of the beautiful classic sailing craft that can be seen around our shores as well as some very dramatic paintings of boats sailing in rough weather.

Art3After a university career divided between sailing and the occasional lecture on civil engineering, Michael spent most of his working life in designing offshore structures. Painting was a relaxation and in retirement he now indulges his love of the sea by painting characterful yachts like the gaff-rigged Jolie Brise, fishing boats such as the rebuilt oyster smack, Terror, which can still be seen in the harbour, and coastal scenes.

Since moving to Emsworth in 2004, Michael’s paintings have taken on a new focus with much of his work relating to sailing craft he has seen in the harbour or under full sail in the Solent. As a result, one of the Museum visitors turned out to be related to a previous owner of the Jolie Brise, while another had seen the 100-year-old yacht Lulworth in use as a houseboat on the River Hamble prior to the sailing craft’s most recent renovations. Cheerful and informative discussions were held with many visitors with reminiscences of sailing days and stormy weather.