Eastbourne artist in Royal Academy show

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A tiny painting by Eastbourne artist, Paul Liddiard, has been accepted for the Royal Academy for the 2013 Summer Exhibition.

Paul’s work, entitled ‘Fishing Beach’ measures just six inches by six inches and was one of about 1000 selected for the prestigious exhibition from more than 10,000 entries.

Paul, 66, lives in the Old Town and is a self-taught artist who paints what he calls ‘near-miniatures’ of beach and coastal scenes.

These are usually of the Eastbourne area but the painting chosen by the Royal Academy shows the beach at his home town of Hythe in Kent.

Paul has been successful at the Royal Academy before and has previously been selected for exhibitions by the Royal Society of Marine Painters and by the Royal British Artists.

He is a regular participant in the Eastbourne Festival Open Studio Event and his work is currently on show at the Land and Seascapes Exhibition at Gallery North in Hailsham.

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition runs in London from June 10 to August 18.

It is now in its 245th year and is the world’s largest open art show.

The works of art are selected by a committee of ten Royal Academicians and showcase the work of both internationally established and emerging artists.

Amongst the famous artists this year is Grayson Perry, who has a home near Eastbourne, who will show a series of tapestries inspired by Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress.

Paul said, ‘I’m delighted to have been accepted by the Royal Academy.

With the encouragement of some dedicated organisers, the Eastbourne art scene has developed rapidly in recent years and there are a lot of talented artists in the town, so any recognition of this is a good thing.’