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New art exhibition open at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

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A new art exhibition celebrating the stunning work of local artist Di Purser is now open at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

Di Purser: The New Works displays more than 10 stunning new paintings in an art exhibition celebrating her work.

Di Purser and painting

Di Purser and painting

Several of Di’s ‘new works’ are inspired by and respond the museum’s eclectic collections, which you will be able to explore during your visit.

Di’s work has a strong design narrative. She uses mapping, acrylic paint mixes, inks and illustrative features within her work to overlap the past and the present.

A Di Purser painting

A Di Purser painting

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture, leisure, communications and waste, said:

“We’re delighted to be displaying Di’s stunning work at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

“In Shropshire we’re blessed with a huge amount of creative talent and it is great that we are displaying some of this and support a local artist.”

Di Purser said:

“I’m very excited to be exhibiting work in Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. Almost all the work is new, and several pieces are particularly relevant to the gallery’s collection and my home town of Shrewsbury.”

Di won the Wilfred Owen Open Art Competition in 2018 with her painting “Pro patria mori” which was a response to Wilfred Owen’s poem “Futility”.

As part of the prize, Di has been invited by Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery to create a series of new paintings which will be exhibited on the museum balcony.

The exhibition will be open until Saturday 29 February 2020.

About Di Purser

Di was born in Walsall, West Midlands, but spent much of her childhood in Ludlow. She completed a BA (hons) in textiles at Loughborough University in 1971 and has had a varied career as both a lecturer, teacher and practitioner.

She has exhibited widely in the Midlands and Welsh Borders including themed group exhibitions and one person shows.