"The artist...is also a born adventurer. His explorations, unlike those of a tourist, are rewarded by the discovery of beauty spots unmentioned in the guide books, and with tireless curiosity and an exceptional proneness to wonderment, he will come upon objects of remarkable interest overlooked or even shunned by more disciplined observers."

Augustus John, R.A.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Southerness Lighthouse

Southerness Lighthouse. Acrylic on paper. 270mm x 180mm.

A case of the subject matter dictating technique with this one. I've been looking at some of the early travel posters produced by the rail companies during the 1920's and 30's. Deliberately decorative rather than overly realistic, this is my attempt to recreate the nostalgic feel of those early posters.

One of Scotlands oldest lighthouses, I've birdwatched here in the winter and explored the rock pools with my children in the summer.

Good news in the post today as I received confirmation that my Linocut of Gordale Scar (see previous posts) has been selected for exhibition in the Artists Open Show at Leeds City Art Gallery. The exhibition opens on 26th July and runs until 31st August 2009.


Emma Anderson said...

Another beautiful picture, Stuart. I have a book entitled The Britain of Brian Cook which includes many of his illustrations (a lot of book jackets) in a similar style as this of yours. The book also describes the Jean Berte printing process which apparently gave the book jackets their vivid colours. It's a treasured book that I return to all too infrequently but it is always a pleasure to see the pictures.

Keith Tilley said...

I know the railway posters that you are talking about and this looks just like one of them. It has that nostalgic feel of sea-side holidays.

Congratulations on the Leeds Art Show.

Stuart Brocklehurst said...

Thank you both for the comments.

I know the work of Brian Cook Emma. Although I haven't seen the book you mention, I will have to look out for that one.

North Light said...

Love the simplicity of the painting, very effective.