12:49 February 4, 2021
A high school art teacher is about to see his Norfolk-inspired artwork exhibited internationally.
Lee Eveson, head of art and photography at Springwood High School in King’s Lynn, is making waves in the art world with his painting, taking inspiration from the beautiful beaches of West Norfolk.
Last year his abstract paintings, inspired by the Norfolk seascape, saw him reach the last 10 out of 2,000 entrants in the National Visual Art Open competition, and he has now been hired as a client by a company called Little Van Gogh. .
The London-based art brokerage exhibits the work of its clients across Europe.
“They rent, sell and display prestigious works of art from early and mid-career artists in major commercial buildings in London and Europe,” he said.
“They exhibit a set of original works by an artist, moving it to a new place and a new audience, every two months. My work will be exhibited and toured in a collection of 11 pieces across the UK, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany and Italy.
After graduating in Art from Nottingham Trent and De Montfort Universities, Mr Eveson continued his studies for his Masters at the Coventry School of Art.
He has worked for eight years at Springwood, part of the West Norfolk Academies Trust, which operates 11 schools in the borough.
“My work is based on the landscapes of Norfolk, especially the beach where I spend a lot of time,” he said.
“I have a passion for urban and abstract art and my work is a fusion of both. Most paints are over 50 coats and take about 40 hours each to produce. “
This year, he was also named Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year and is working hard to keep students creatively engaged during the lockdown.
“I owe a lot of my success to working at Springwood, it’s such a vibrant and amazing school,” he said.
His own personal success could serve as inspiration, as being represented by Little Van Gogh will expose his work to a wide international audience, offering all kinds of possibilities, judging by the success of other clients.
“Over the past 24 years, Little Van Gogh has helped over 100,000 people discover the work of over 1,000 emerging international artists in six European countries,” he added.