A Burnham-On-Sea artist has appealed for the safe return of four of her paintings which have been stolen during an exhibition at the town’s Community Centre.
Catherine Metcalf, pictured right, told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Friday that she is “extremely upset” by the theft of the four high-quality Giclee prints, which were made with museum-quality materials and printed with special light fast inks.
The A3-sized paintings were stolen sometime during the last week of the Somerset Arts Week.
On Friday (Sept 29th) she issued Burnham-On-Sea.com with photographs of the missing paintings, which included a nude and two separate landscapes, as shown below.
She said: “I am appealing to the local community to keep an eye out for the prints and report any sightings to the police. I have also taken the precaution of notifying all colleges in Somerset of the theft to ensure no student is able to bolster their portfolio with the works.”
“Many people have seen my work, including tutors from Weston Tech, SCAT, and the heads of faculty at the West of England College of Art. They have been alerted and will also be keeping a close lookout for the prints.”
If anyone has seen or purchased the prints, they are asked to contact police on 0845 4567000 (crime reference no G/2887/23092006/02) or call Catherine on 0774 7847 217.
Catherine studied Art in Kingston-upon-Thames and won the David Murray Award for Landscape painting from the Royal Academy of Art. She has been building up her work recently for a major solo exhibition.
.THE STOLEN PAINTINGS: