James Willis Watercolour of Cutty Sark

Royal Greenwich brings together water, buildings and time in a long historic connection between London and its maritime past. Artist James Willis exhibits a series of new watercolours and other paintings inspired by these elements in the gallery in the Old Royal Naval College Visitor Centre. 

Pictures of the bustling town centre compliment the poetic early morning and evening views of Wren’s grand architectural scheme scene from across the Thames; a view familiar to Canaletto when he painted London in the mid-eighteenth century.

James has a long association with Greenwich first making drawings from the hill looking towards Canary Wharf when only two towers existed. Since then he has painted the environs of the Old Royal Naval College on many occasions including a large panoramic triptych which also features in the exhibition.

Over the years James has worked in collaboration with the Old Royal Naval College Education Department leading successful workshops for artists, community groups and large family art projects.

The exhibition features over twenty new watercolours Greenwich as well as large oil paintings of London and the Thames observed in fine detail and atmosphere.