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Leo Crane: Contemporary Figures in Watercolour exhibition

contemporary figures in watercolour exhibition

19/05/2021 10:30 am – 25/09/2021 5:00 pm | West Norwood Library & Picturehouse

Come along to this free exhibition of original watercolours by painter Leo Crane, as featured in the new book Contemporary Figures in Watercolour.

From close-up portraits to capturing gesture and movement, Leo Crane’s watercolour paintings celebrate the human form and the interaction between artist and subject.

The artworks featured in this exhibition are available for purchase with free collection from Crystal Palace, West Norwood or Dulwich. All proceeds support Figuration, a non-profit social enterprise in South London.



Dive into figure painting with this fresh take on capturing the human form in watercolour.

In Contemporary Figures in Watercolour, painter Leo Crane and art model Roy Joseph Butler explore how to interpret the gestures and movements of the figure through the language of paint. Through a range of exercises, they show how to work with the fluidity and immediacy of watercolour to create lively paintings that are bursting with character and narrative possibility.

With experience in both fine art and animation, they share tips on bringing life to the figure, and encourage you to discover a liberating and enjoyable approach to paint. Packed with techniques, exercises and step-by-step demonstrations.

  • Paintings by Leo feature throughout to demonstrate the working process through to the finished product. With a focus on the dynamic exchange between artist and subject, speed, gesture and story, this book will appeal to artists looking anew at life painting and who are eager to capture the essence of character in movement.



Leo Crane and Roy Joseph Butler are co-founders of Figuration, a creative studio specialising in fine art and animation. They produce films, exhibitions, workshops, and events in partnership with cultural and community spaces across the UK, including the V&A, British Library, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and The Hepworth Wakefield. They have been featured in print, radio, and tv, including the BBC Radio 2 Arts Show and Sky Portrait Artist of the Year.


Leo Crane: Contemporary Figures in Watercolour exhibition

When: 16 May – 25 September 2021
West Norwood Library & Picturehouse
Admission to the West Norwood Library & Picturehouse is free