Artist creates unique vision of popular market to celebrate Norfolk Day

Artist John Patchett at work on a pastel drawing of Norwich Market for Norfolk Day. Picture: DENISE

Artist John Patchett at work on a pastel drawing of Norwich Market for Norfolk Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

It is a popular draw for food fans, shoppers and visitors and has been at the heart of city life for hundreds of years.

Norfolk Day Logo

Norfolk Day Logo - Credit: Archant

And with its bustling and colourful stalls, Norwich Market proved an inspiration for artist John Patchett.

Artist John Patchett at work on a pastel drawing of Norwich Market for Norfolk Day. Picture: DENISE

Artist John Patchett at work on a pastel drawing of Norwich Market for Norfolk Day. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

To celebrate the first-ever Norfolk Day, Mr Patchett, from Ballygate in Beccles, did a live pastel drawing demonstration of the attraction.

Norfolk Day was celebrated today with a range of events around the county, all designed to celebrate everything there is to love about life in Norfolk.

It was the idea of the Norwich Evening News, EDP and BBC Radio Norfolk and designed to encourage thousands across the county to unite around the place they call home.


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Mr Patchett, who regularly paints in Norwich, said: 'I'm in a bit of a bubble. People seem to have really invested in it.

'It's a wonderful idea to celebrate Norfolk; the county has so much to offer.'

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The location-based artist set up his equipment outside Cary's Flowers, with many onlookers stopping and observing as he worked.

Mr Patchett uses his understanding of light to create his pieces of art.

And it is this technique which has seen him become one of the most respected artists in the East Anglican art scene.

He won the public vote for his Norwich market painting in last year's Paint Out, Norwich competition last year.

The contest challenges artists to capture the city through their individual styles on one day.

It is part of the Hostry Festival and culminates with a special exhibition of more than 150 works of art inspired by Norwich.

'I'm most happy painting the hustle and bustle of streets, particularly Norwich.

'Being an artist is a solitary life. I welcome people taking an interest,' Mr Patchett added.

Norwich Market includes around 200 stalls.

It was founded in the latter part of the 11th century to supply Norman merchants and settlers moving to the area following the Norman conquest of England.

The outdoor market has been in operation on its present site for more than 900 years.

Over the past few months it has attracted a number of different food stalls from French and Italian cuisine to Thai favourites and traditional chips.

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