Devon Life Landscape Artist of the Year finalists revealed
PUBLISHED: 15:46 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:09 08 February 2018
We reveal the finalists of this year's Devon Life Landscape Artist of the Year. All finalists will now display their work at Mayne Gallery in March with the winner revealed on opening night
Devon has some of the country’s most famous landscapes – and no shortage of talented artists to capture them. And the quality of entries to this year’s Landscape Artist of the Year competition reflects the incredible array of talent on offer.
Now in its second year, the competition attracted both professional and amateur artists, all sharing one interest: a love of the landscapes and seascapes of Devon. For the first time the competition was opened up to different mediums as well as painting, and attracted illustration, collage and markmaking, all sharing an attempt to capture the definitive Devon landscape. As the great Alberto Giacometti once said: ‘An attempt is everything. How marvellous.’
Our choices have been made based on the talent with which the artists have captured the landscape. Judges included Jane Price from competition sponsor Mayne Gallery. “With the raw materials in hand – paints, brushes, knives, and the passion to capture something that is elemental from the scenes they see… this year’s artists have giving us a glimpse of their vision and some remarkable paintings entered into the Devon Life competition,” she says.
“It is a true measure of the creativity and talent we have here in Devon that is has been a fantastically difficult task to shortlist, but that is what makes the job of judging and being a gallery owner such a pleasure. Unwrapping a canvas for the first time and putting it on the wall, sharing a part of the artist in that time spent feeling the presence of the person and the unique connection between the view and the finished art, each, a truly personal and unique capture of moments spent that we can linger on and be enriched by…”
Devon Life’s arts editor, Carol Burns, herself a trained and practicing artist, added: “We all see the landscape differently, whether focusing on the light, the flora and fauna, the season or the water. But what all good artists have in common is an ability to capture a sense of place; a feeling, and that continues to make this oldest of subjects relevant just as much today as when the Dutch Masters first captured the view so many centuries ago.”
All six of our finalists will now be invited to show at Mayne Gallery in March, with the winner revealed on the opening night. The winner will receive a solo show at the gallery. We will also feature the winner in an upcoming issue of Devon Life.
“I am passionate about the Dartmoor landscape, which provides me with endless inspiration,” says Rosemary Bonney. “I interpret it in all its moods, seeking out the wilder areas of the moor and attempting to capture the fleeting and dramatic light changes that the unpredictable weather brings.
“Colour is important to me and I enjoy experimenting with new ways of expressing the essence of the landscape with emphasis on colour. I also paint the more intimate aspects of the landscape, particularly the profusion of wild flowers typical of the Devon countryside. The South West coastline is also a feature of my work.”
Belinda Reynell is already an award¬winning landscape artist. “I find inspiration in atmosphere and colour in the landscape that is constantly changing throughout the seasons and different weather conditions,” she says.
“I like to paint from my sketches in my studio and aim to show my emotions through my paintings. My paintings are based on the stunning coastline around Cornwall and Devon and more recently the dramatic landscape of Dartmoor.”
‘All my paintings are inspired by the beautiful local landscape/seascape. As well as walking trips a kayak allows me explore hidden creeks and secret coves around the coast’
“I live by the sea and have always been drawn to the coastal landscape: that threshold between land and sea,” explains Maggie Cochran.
“My preferred medium is water¬based oils and I love the accidental that can happen when working with them. I try to capture the light along with an atmospheric impression of the landscape.”
Jane’ Hodgson’s landscapes and seascapes are based on scenes from around the world, but primarily in Devon and Cornwall. However, as important as the original location, is the narrative of the human condition that runs subliminally through all of her work.
She starts a painting referencing the chosen location, designing the composition carefully, then unconsciously, at first, emerge emotions that are her life, or those of the world at the time hope, bravery, striving, conflict, freedom a dialogue begins to appear that she then brings to the painting consciously.
JANE ELLIS AND JOSIE GOULD
Josie Gould and Jane Ellis caught the judges’ eye with their joint submissions. Jane strives for an emotional reponse rather than a literal one. She explores, expands and develops what makes her react so powerfully to a subject, to a view, to a breathtaking instant of light, or a wonderful piece of music.
Josie’s approach considers how we make sense of the world; how we are affected by a changing world through investigating senses, feelings and memories.