Exhibition to showcase artist's life's work for first time

Artist Julian Macey from Great Yarmouth

Julian Macey who died aged 99, just as he was preparing for his first solo exhibition to mark his 100th birthday. - Credit: TMS Media

A memorial exhibition which was one of the first casualties of Covid is finally being staged in tribute to artist Julian Macey.

Mr Macey was preparing for his first ever solo exhibition to mark his 100th birthday when he died aged 99 in October 2019.

Julian Macey Great Yarmouth artist

A painting of a farmhouse at Freethorpe by Julian Macey. - Credit: supplied

As a tribute the Great Yarmouth and District Society of Artists, of which he was once president, decided to press ahead with the show due to take place in March 2020, but cancelled due to the pandemic.

Now, more than two years later it will be the first exhibition hung in the Great Yarmouth Library Galleries since the Covid-19 lockdown.

Julian Macey's painting of a winter's walk

Julian Macey was known for his rural scenes, this one picturing a winter's walk. - Credit: supplied

The exhibition will feature oils, water colours, pastels, and pencil drawings of familiar rural scenes done on location.

All 50 framed pictures will be for sale, together with 18 miniatures for which he was world renowned.

Mr Macey was a member of the society for over 60 years, and was an extremely competent artist, his friend and painting partner Margaret Carver said.

Painting of Horsey Mill by Julian Macey

Horsey Mill in Norfolk is a favourite subject among artists, including Julian Macey who painted this scene. - Credit: supplied

She said: "Julian always painted for pleasure and never to sell, and it is this joy of painting which shines through in all of his work.

Julian Macey sketching on location with the Great Yarmouth and District Society of Artists Picture:

Julian Macey sketching on location with the Great Yarmouth and District Society of Artists Picture: Margaret Carver - Credit: Archant

"He was a founder member of the James Paget Hospital Arts Committee working tirelessly on projects for over 20 years and raising thousands of pounds.

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"He also initiated the staff art exhibitions which continue to this day.

A painting by Julian Macey Picture: Nick Butcher

A painting by Julian Macey Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

"He founded the Great Yarmouth and District Society of Artists permanent collection, his dream being to have a permanent exhibition to ensure that members work could always be seen in their home town. The collection has recently been sold benefiting two local charities.

"His voluntary work in art extended to schools and colleges encouraging generations of schoolchildren in the Great Yarmouth area.

Artist Julian Macey, pictured aged 98, getting ready for his first solo exhibition. Picture: Nick Bu

Artist Julian Macey, pictured aged 98, getting ready for his first solo exhibition. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

"He also managed a bursary for students going into full time art."

She added: "His whole life was centred on inspiring people to reach their potential."

The exhibition is at the Library Galleries from Thursday April 7 to Saturday April 30, 10am to 4pm daily.

Artist Julian Macey,98, is getting ready for his first solo exhibition.Picture: Nick Butcher

Artist Julian Macey,98, is getting ready for his first solo exhibition.Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Admission is free and 20pc of sales will be donated to Cancer Research. Visitors are asked to wear a face mask.

A scene by artist Julian Macey who has died Picture: Nick Butcher

A scene by artist Julian Macey who has died Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Artist Julian Macey, who has died, loved the Norfolk landscape Picture: Nick Butcher

Artist Julian Macey, who has died, loved the Norfolk landscape Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Artwork by Julian Macey Picture: Nick Butcher

Artwork by Julian Macey Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher