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Success with a painting posted on the POL gallery!

Alan Bickley

Posted on Wed 19 Dec 2018

Imagine my delight when I was contacted by the professor of the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London, Madeleine Mitchell, asking for permission to use one of my images on the front cover of a classical music album that she has compiled.

The album is by the famous Welsh composer Grace Williams (1906-1977), who lived in Barry, South Wales and was inspired by the surroundings of her home town of Barry.

The painting that Madeleine chose for the front cover is an oil painting that I completed in 2015. It's an expressive and vibrant work, the original is on stretched canvas and a fairly large 24 x 30in. It depicts an evening scene of Barry Docks.

The album will have worldwide coverage and will be heavily promoted by the RCM. I have a credit for the artwork on the inside cover so all very exciting.

Just goes to show that if you get your work out in the public domain, you never know who is browsing through it. So, a big thank you to PaintersOnline.

Success with a painting posted on the POL gallery!


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  • Awesome! Congrats!

    Posted by Janet Ng on Thu 20 Dec 08:56:59
  • Congratulations Alan! A wonderful image.

    Posted by Margaret Nisbet on Thu 20 Dec 18:07:17
  • What a wonderful achievement Alan, well done.... very exciting.

    Posted by Jill Hammond on Thu 20 Dec 18:10:35
  • Congratulations.

    Posted by Helen Jones on Thu 20 Dec 21:21:36
  • Wow, wow, wow Alan, absolutely marvellous news! You must be delighted to be chosen, very well done. The painting looks great and is so suitable for the music.

    Posted by Margaret Beynon on Thu 20 Dec 22:04:14
  • Congratulations - That´s quite a Christmas present.

    Posted by Pat Harrison on Fri 21 Dec 06:37:33
  • Excellent news Alan! It looks fabulous.

    Posted by Fiona Phipps on Fri 21 Dec 15:28:39
  • Just come across this piece Alan, well done and well deserved a stunning painting.

    Posted by Carole Swingler on Mon 24 Dec 19:34:14
  • Oh so delighted for you Alan. Very well deserved.

    Posted by SYLVIA EVANS on Tue 25 Dec 21:39:37
  • How wonderful Alan, and well deserved. Delighted for you.

    Posted by Tessa Gwynne on Wed 26 Dec 08:08:49