The Gill Nethercott Centre hosted a one-day exhibition of paintings inspired by Richard Adams' book Watership Down. Richard Adams lives in Whitchurch.
"I have read the book and seen the film, as have my children. The book was not illustrated and it strikes me that, if it is reprinted, these paintings might be included. I spoke to Richard Adams about them, and he was visibly moved by them."
I am grateful to Graham Burgess who arranged the exhibition for the following text
"Richard Adams’ book, ‘Watership Down’, has inspired all sorts of people in all sorts of ways, leading many to interpret the story in a variety of media. A young Italian painter, Aldo Galli, has, through his paintings, done just that, but he is perhaps one of the very few artists to be told by the old King himself, “You’ve extended the scholarship of my work”.
When they met this summer, Richard Adams was visibly moved by Aldo’s paintings, a series of luminous canvases vibrating with his sensitive vision of the rabbit story. His interpretation is a faithful one, in the manner of true admiration and respect. Aldo has known and loved the book ever since his Mother gave him a picture-book version for Christmas when he was a child growing up in Italy."