International Watercolour Masters

An Extravaganza of Artistic Talent from around the world

The world’s leading Watercolour Masters come to England for a unique contemporary exhibition at the Granary Gallery, Weston Park

By Alvaro Castagnet


The SAA is thrilled to be supporting the first ever International Watercolour Masters Exhibition – a showcase for some of the world’s most renowned watercolourists. For the first time ever, seventeen talented artists from as far afield as China, Uruguay, Australia and the USA are bringing their work together under one roof, exemplifying the versatility of this alluring medium. Not only is this an opportunity to take in some breathtaking works of art, but to also meet many of the artists in person to discuss their paintings and discover the inspiration behind them.


By David Poxon

The exhibition is the brainchild of SAA PA, David Poxon, and has grown from the original germ of an idea for a solo exhibition into what promises to be a truly unique display for anyone with a passion for art. David, born in the West Midlands and now living in Shropshire, is well known and admired around the world for his watercolour painting and travels extensively to exhibitions abroad. He is an elected member of the prestigious RI (Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours) and the NWS (National Watercolour Society of America). During David’s international travels he has exhibited with many of the world’s leading watercolour artists who have become close associates and friends. Having discussed his ideas for the Weston Park show with Australian artist, Janine Gallizia, the concept of a larger, global exhibition was conceived. David extended his invitation to artists around the world, and after receiving an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response, the International Watercolour Masters Exhibition was born.



By Xidan Chen

Come and meet your favourite artist during the exciting opening weekend on the 28th and 29th April, the following artists will be in attendance:

Ali Abbas Syed,
David Poxon,
Janine Gallizia,
John Salminen,
Liu Yi,
Mark Mehaffey,
Marvin Chew,
Pasqualino Fracasso,
Stanislaw Zoladz,
Tianya Zhou
and Xidan Chen.

If you want to watch a master watercolourist at work you can also catch 50-minute demonstrations on Saturday 28th by Pasqualino Fracasso, Janine Gallizia, Marvin Chew and Ali Abbas Syed.

The SAA will be filming all the action of the weekend and will have a stand on site if you, or any of your friends, wish to join our wonderful community of artists. Let us inform, encourage and inspire you!


By Pasqualino Fracasso

When David first discussed his plans with the team at the SAA we were equally excited by the event he was creating and thrilled to be offered the opportunity to be involved. We soon recognised that, with the skilled team in our film studio, we would be able to make the event even more accessible to SAA members, both during and after the exhibition. There are many plans in the pipeline and we will bring you exciting developments as they are finalised. In February, David and fellow artist Janine Gallizia will be visiting SAA HQ to publicise the launch of the exhibition and film some live demonstrations. Details of how and when to tune in to watch these shows will be available soon – get ready to be mesmerised by their artistic talent!


Both Janine and David are holding 3-day workshops during the course of the exhibition at Weston Park. Usually £240, any SAA member wishing to book onto any of the 3-day courses will receive a £30 discount!

You will need your membership number – if you’re unsure what this is please just call us on 0800 980 1123 and we’d be happy to inform you so you can book your course!

These courses accept a maximum of 15 students each so do remember to book early to avoid disappointment. Once you are booked onto the course you will receive an equipment list of materials to bring.

By David Poxon

There will be watercolour projects provided with step by step instruction but courses are structured in a way that means there is something for everybody, no matter what level you are, as he covers a range of topics. There will be the basics covered such as ‘What is Pure Watercolour?’, brush handling and equipment set up, as well as particularly useful information on the family of colours and their characteristics in preparation, mixing and application.

It can be said that the correct composition is the quickest way to make a great painting. David will explore how to get what you see down on to your watercolour paper and how to make the best compositional decisions using drawing shortcuts to speed up the process whilst maintaining accuracy. 

By David Poxon

Creating convincing texture in watercolour is a hurdle almost all watercolourists face, however David will show you how to capture wood, metal, glass, stonework and vegetation with the true style of a watercolour master. All whilst covering glazing and multilayering, the 3 washes you can’t do without, tones and values PLUS 8 secret techniques to advance your watercolours to exhibition standard.

Exhibiting Artists

David Poxon (England)
Janine Gallizia (Australia)
Dean Mitchell (USA)
Alvaro Castagnet (Uruguay)
Jayson Yeoh (Malaysia)
John Salminen (USA)
Mark Mehaffey (USA)
Xidan Chen (China)
Marvin Chew (Singapore)
Tianya Zhou (China)
Konstantin Sterkhov (Russia)
Ali Abbas Syed (Pakistan)
Liu Yi (China)
Stanislaw Zoladz (Sweden)
Jasmine Huang (Taiwan)
Pasqualino Fracasso (Italy)
Chien Chung Wei (Taiwan)


If you would like to register your interest for the exhibition and download a free ticket to let us know you’re attending, you can do so by clicking here. Alternatively, you are able to turn up on the day without a ticket and still enter for free.

The Venue

Weston Park, Shropshire, was the home of just one family from Medieval times until being gifted to the nation in 1986 by Richard, 7th Earl of Bradford. Represented are the collecting interests of several generations spanning almost every type of fine and decorative art, boasting works by Holbein the Younger, Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds and George Stubbs, to name a few.

Entry to the exhibition, Walled Garden, Restaurant and cafe is free and open 7 days a week. Facilities include disabled access and toilets. If you wish to see more of the venue and grounds, Temple wood is open weekends throughout May (admission charges apply) and the house and wider parklands are open from 29th May.
There is plenty of parking and coaches are welcome. For more information on opening times, directions and prices please click here.


If you belong to an art club make sure you tell them about this exciting event – it would make an inspirational day out for any group of enthusiastic artists! This really is an unmissable opportunity for art groups of all sizes, so make sure you make space for it in your diary – the event runs from 28th April to 31st May, and is open from 11am to 4pm daily.


If you’re planning on staying over and making full use of your journey to the exhibition – then we would direct you to the many B&Bs of the beautiful riverside town of Bridgnorth which is only a 10 minute drive from Weston Park, and is host to caves, a castle and a cliff railway.