Eighteenth-century schooners star in oil exhibition

On of Derek Stocker's works

On of Derek Stocker's works

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Derek Stocker, The Weekend Gallery, High Street, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm, until Sept 4, free

HIGH-masted ships from a romantic era of sailing inspire local painter Derek Stocker’s latest exhibition.

A series of his nautical oil paintings opened at the Weekend Gallery last weekend, and runs till September 4.

Derek, 63, of Duke Street, Bexhill, harbours a love of aircraft and shipping scenes.

“I enjoy ships of any sort,” he said, “But square-rigged sailing ships from the 18th century are the particular focus of this show.”

A series of limited edition prints sit alongside the oils, which Derek described as examples of his realist style, ‘not impressionistic in any way’.

For information contact the gallery on 01424 719296.