Limestone, Sandstone, Millstone

Limestone, Sandstone, Millstone, Landscape Art from Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria

Linton Court Gallery Settle  13 November-19 December 2010

The geology of these three northern counties which has dramatically shaped the landscape, has also greatly influenced the art produced by artists who live and work there.

The LInton Court Gallery’s winter exhibition features work by a number of artists from each county, some established as landscape artists, others who are lesser known.

Linton Court is in Settle, situated beneath the limestone outcrop of Castleberg Crag, close to the magnificent and distinctive landscape of Malham, an area which has inspired artists for hundreds of years.

The magnificent limestone landscape of Gordale Scar, at the northern end of the Craven Fault, inspired the British romantic painter, James Ward (1769 - 1859) in 1812, to paint “Gordale Scar” Tate Gallery, London. In the twentieth century, the artist John Piper (1903 -  1992) made paintings and drawings in the 1940’s of this dramatic natural feature. 

The area continues to inspire contemporary artists living in the area and work featured in the exhibition include: David Cook, Katharine Holmes, Pip Seymour, Jill Colquhoun, Rebecca Wallace Jones and Philippa Troutman. The exhibition also includes watercolours by Phil Morsman and Don Fenton, and sculpture by Shawn Wiliamson and Michael Hipkins.

Also on display will be a selection of watercolours by the late Norman Adams RA and a display of watercolours by Glyn Hughes. 


 Glyn Hughes is best known as a Northern poet and novelist with a string of national prizes for his work. (Guardian Fiction Prize, David Higham Prize, Poetry Book Society Recommendation, Welsh Arts Council Poet’s Prize, and short-listed for the Whitbread, Portico and James Tait Black Prizes.)   

Less well known is his art, as it is has only occasionally been exhibited.  He graduated in painting at the Regional College of Art, Manchester, and continued painting parallel to writing - his “twins” as he calls them, often at odds but recently he feels that they have come into harmony, so that in his later years painting has become increasingly important.   He has also written frequently about art. 

As space to exhibit work in the gallery is limited there will be another exhibiton in 2011 on the same theme: Landscape Art (Part Two)