I will make a series of miniature paintings to be exhibited in the bedroom at Cherryburn. The dividing wall is made of wooden planks, supported by a grid of heavier timber on the bedroom side. The niches created by this timber will be the spaces in which the paintings will be hung.
The scale of my new paintings will be appropriate to the scale of Cherryburn and as visual utterances will echo the prints of Bewick. They will develop some of the concerns of previous works that examined images of the natural world and their diverse forms.
The first painting is a view of the Tyne river from Eltringham Wood and the only thing that I’ve added is the rope swing hanging from the tree.
“Bewick isn’t a landscape or nature artist. He’s a local artist. His subject is the specific spot, the nook, the familiar and recognisable corner, the scene that has a face and a name.”
Defining the Vignette by Tom Lubbock
You can see the painting below this text half finished on the work table, in the background is the rear end of Bernard, a life-sized painting of a Suffolk Punch horse.
In 2010 my wife and I were driving along the desolate A68 towards the Scottish border, the petrol gauge showed red, we had two 10 month old twin boys asleep in the back seats and it was getting dark. A service station came into view and our hopes that we would not end up stranded were raised. Border Park Services turned out to be derelict. 8 years later I passed the same station, it had not changed and I wanted to make a painting of it.
“Bewick’s men are circumscribed by their small worlds.”