The timeless beauty of the landscape is explored by artists Julian Mason and Clare Haley in a new exhibition which opens at the Harrison Lord Gallery, Brighouse, on Saturday.
Following the tradition of artists such as Constable and Turner, who are still loved today, Julian and Clare bring a contemporary view to the nostalgic world of landscape painting.
Through his work, Julian Mason, who studied at Falmouth College of Art, endeavours to capture the atmospheric effects of a scene and how the elements influence the landscape.
Each painting is the culmination of technical skill mixed with the desire to invite an equally passionate response from the viewer. Mason’s latest collection is no exception, with its use of subtle strokes of oil on canvas to convey the essence of the unpredictable rhythm of light and atmosphere on the landscape.
He said: “After spending the last year travelling throughout Great Britain the landscape has certainly taught me who is the master and who is its pupil.”
Exhibiting alongside Mason is Holmfirth’s Clare Haley. She said: “Before I began painting for this exhibition I came across a recent quote from Californian art historian Jean Stern who said that to paint the landscape was one of the most ancient of human endeavours.”
The quote reinforced Haley’s passion for painting landscapes that are not commonly seen, those that are a consequence of the forces of nature colliding - momentary darkness, shadows, torrents of rain, light through cloud and how it affects the landscape.
“I wanted to capture these moments in time and hope the painting reflects back a feeling of how captivating nature can be and remind us that we have no control over her.”
Clare’s focus remains in Yorkshire and the surrounding areas where the inspiration continues to be unbeatable. The paintings are devoid of any modern day structures and concentrate on timeless views of worn pathways, old roads, walls and fields.
Gallery owner Steven Lord said: “It’s amazing to see the work from these two brilliant artists in an exhibition which has been over a year in the making. They both love the English countryside but respond in different ways to it.”
The two artists will be at a preview evening for the exhibition at 7pm on Friday.