Dockyard brought to life by artist’s eye for detail

A scene on an aircraft carrier's flight deck
A scene on an aircraft carrier's flight deck

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The much-anticipated second part of Dockies – The Works on Paper, opens on Thursday at a Portsmouth gallery.

John Green is a quiet man but has much to say about his years working in Portsmouth Dockyard.

In this show at Jack House Gallery, Old Portsmouth, he does it on paper with brush, pen, pencil and drypoint tool.

His rapid on-the-spot sketches capture precisely the weight of the job in hand, the stance of a man smoking, the detail of a ship in the distance – images effortlessly imprinted in his mind through years of observation and experience.

They not only demonstrate his natural skill as a draughtsman but also his wry humour and affection for his subjects.

This new show, following his successful exhibition of paintings last February, covers a broad range of work and sees John experimenting with techniques and styles.

There will also be a chance to glimpse the world of his sketchbooks which are a trove of ideas, historical art references, notes and practical working drawings.

Dockies II – Works on Paper by John Green starts with a preview on Thursday and opens to the public on Friday and runs at Jack House Gallery, 121 High Street, Old Portsmouth, until October 15. For further information go to info@jackhousegallery.co.uk.