Beyond Here . New Work for 2018/19 about the Yorkshire Dales

Beyond Here

   
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  My next show 'Beyond Here' is scheduled for 2018/19. Beyond Here is a love letter to the hopes and dreams of the younger man I once was. In 2017 my wife Jane and I took a studio in the Dales, because as a child growing up in the industrial sprawl of East Lancashire, they were just about the same thing as Paradise. I guess that I wanted to be that man, wanted to live that life, start the clock again  as my new older and wiser self. So Beyond Here is a story really, a story about how our dreams colour the way we see the world, and how I  came to learn that we cannot return to them. The past sides up silently behind me like a glass wall. I can imagine how the past might have turned out, but living it remains out of reach; visible only in my imagination.  All I have now is the future. My themes are big. Time, The impossibility of permanence. The transience of experience. The persistence of memory and the enduring quality of hope.  To this I add the question 'why can I live there, as I can in no other place?' A year in, I'm still grappling with the enormity of this but I have made a start.  I think in words and pictures, often words come first. I was a writer before I was not. Some of the works on this page may make the cut, more likely they will not. Art is a destructive process.
Dark pines, cool and resinous. sudden light on distant grey green hills, sullen trees marching into purple veils of rain up the dale. Yellow white sunlight the wind whickering, never still. Oil 60x48"
Dark pines, cool and resinous. sudden light on distant grey green hills, sullen trees marching into purple veils of rain up the dale. Yellow white sunlight the wind whickering, never still. Oil 60x48" 2017
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In Sullen Acquiescence to the Night . Oil 1.8x1.2M 2017
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Evening falls on the dale casting one side into night, the other into imagination. Oil 60x48" 2017