Nina Mae Fowler

An acclaimed artist is set to exhibit in Norwich later this month.

Nina Mae Fowler’s exhibition, The Day Cary Came To Norwich, throws a spotlight on what she would refer to as ‘the darker side of fame’.

Born in London, studying in Brighton, and currently residing in Norfolk, Nina’s work will appear at The Fairhurst Gallery, marking her first exhibition in the county.

Using a myriad of media, the common themes which appear within her artwork revolve around power, desire, and success.

Her show at the Fairhurst Gallery is built on a seed of truth, aiming to portray scandal, gossip, and misrepresentation, as a means of stirring-up a false truth.

Nina Mae Fowler

Aged just fourteen, Cary Grant (then Archie Leach) visited Norwich on a fleeting trip with an acrobatic group to perform at the Hippodrome.

The drawings depict an imaginary scenario of a mature Cary Grant indulging in the sights and sounds on offer in our fine city, with the narration of each piece left to the imagination and interpretation of the viewer. Had this short but ever-sweet occurrence ever actually been a reality it would have fed the news and the eyes of local readers for a short while, owed to our obsession with transitory glamorous lifestyles.

Nick Barton, The producer of Swallows and Amazons, Kinky Boots and Calendar Girls noted how ‘Fowler’s wonderful drawings capture so brilliantly Cary Grant’s stylish and charismatic persona’; affirming the clarity of Hollywood glamour in her technique, coined with the notion of deep psychological conflict.

Nina Mae Fowler has an extensive range of accolades to her name. She was nominated for the BP Portrait Prize and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, The Young Masters Prize, and the Aesthetica Art Prize.

Her work is collected by a plethora of stars including Sienna Miller, Jude law, James Purefoy and Caroline Issa. It can be viewed in public collections in the USA, UK and Europe, and is also held in private collections across the world.

As well her show at the Fairhurst Gallery, Nina is also preparing for a solo exhibition in London, and has upcoming shows in Los Angeles, Paris and Leipzig. She has previously exhibited in the USA, Europe and Asia.

The exhibition is on show at The Fairhurst Gallery from Tuesday, March 14 2017 through to Saturday, April 8 2017.

The gallery, on Bedford Street in Norwich, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5.30pm with additional viewings available by appointment.

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About Fairhurst

Tucked away in the Norwich Lanes, once a 17th century skittle alley and formerly the Cat Trap jazz club, the Fairhurst is a unique and charming gallery space, hosting regular exhibitions.

The Fairhurst Gallery champions contemporary fine art, bringing variety and brilliance to the city of Norwich. With a view to developing the careers of new professional artists and helping established practitioners reach new audiences, The Fairhurst repeatedly show inspirational work of the highest standards.

Established on Elm Hill in Norwich in 1949 by artist, restorer and dealer Joe Fairhurst the Fairhurst Gallery soon earned a reputation for working with great artists including Edward Seago and Alfred Munnings. Dealing in the highest quality fine art Joe was joined by his eldest son Tiz in 1976 who developed the framing and restoration workshop from where the Fairhurst team still provide bespoke framing and art conservation services of the highest quality.