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Doveridge artist’s work on display in Chatsworth

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: January 22, 2013

By JENNY MOODY

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AWARD-WINNING Doveridge artist John Rattigan will be showing off some of his unusual artwork at Chatsworth over the next two months.

The painter will be displaying his work as part of an exhibition with the Peak District Artisans group.

Chatsworth has a long association with this group going back to its formation in 1991 when its patron was the Duchess of Devonshire.

Mr Rattigan said: “It’s exciting to start the new year showing in such a famous location and although the main house will be closed for the winter we will be alongside it in the Carriage House, which is still an impressive venue.”

Some of his recent pictures, based on his interpretations of cockerels and chickens, will be on display together with leading jewellers and furniture makers.

The artist added: “You never know, my chickens may catch the eye of the Dowager Duchess herself, who is famous for breeding those exotic looking buff cochins chickens.”

Mr Rattigan has built up a reputation for his unique interpretations of monkeys and birds and all of his paintings are characterised by their rich colours, strong decorative qualities and anthropomorphic elements, with each bird or animal taking on human characteristics. His art tries to deal with paradoxes such as images that can be both playful and serious, abstract and figurative, complex yet simple.

Entrance to the exhibition is free and will be open every day between 10.30am to 4pm until March 3. More details can be found at www.peakdistrictartisans.co.uk

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