David Inshaw prints and drawings


Prints and drawings

Dorset and Wiltshire Stories

20 March – 8 May 2021

We are delighted to represent David Inshaw, the consummate painter of the English landscape. Called ‘perhaps the greatest living proponent of the English Romantic tradition’ (Spectator), Inshaw invokes the powers of the night, the moon, trees, bonfires, fireworks, the sea, birds, animals, men, women, children and ancient landscapes to create his intensely personal dreamlike paintings, prints and drawings.

David Inshaw is an experimental and brilliant print-maker. This show brings together prints from a lifetime and includes a number of rare and collectable Artist’s Proofs as well as small numbered editions with three tremendous Tree drawings.

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View David Inshaw’s paintings from his most recent solo show here at Sladers Yard. 

Please contact us on gallery@sladersyard.co.uk or phone 01308 459511 to enquire about any of David’s work or if you would like a notification when David Inshaw’s prints and drawings become available to view and buy online.

From 1966-75 David Inshaw taught painting and print-making at the West of England College of Art, Bristol, and throughout his career, he has enjoyed periods of the collaborative process of printmaking. This exhibition brings together all the prints he still has available to buy. The earliest date back to 1986 and have not been seen for many years. His Wiltshire Landscapes series from 1989-92, available as coloured aquatint etchings from the original edition of 45, but also in the black and white Artist’s Proofs leading up to that edition. Together these are some of his most Romantic works of art. Inspired by Samuel Palmer, one of David’s great heroes, they tap into a visionary and energetic sense of the spirit of the English landscape.

Cricket has always been a passion for David Inshaw. The team he belonged to, mostly of poets and musicians, used to come and play at Little Bredy cricket ground, every year. David’s two magnificent Cricket Game paintings celebrate those games in that magical places do the 11 Cricket Game etchings in this exhibition.

From 1989 – 95 David lived with his second wife Shelagh Popham and her young daughter in a farmhouse in Clyro, Wales. Some of his most vivid memories from that time are of bonfires and fireworks amongst the trees and hills there, the subject of a number of thrilling paintings. Bonfires and fireworks are some of the motifs that reappear in David’s work over the years in different combinations and settings, sometimes Clyro, sometimes West Bay. They seem emblematic of the state of his heart, its highs and lows. The six bonfire etchings of 2019 are very strong and wild, textured with carborundum.

David Inshaw’s drawings seem to come from a lighter more contemplative mood. Each of his three vast tree portraits, the oak, the willow and the sycamore is, as Andrew Lambirth wrote, ‘a demonstration of versatility, a virtuoso statement of the act of drawing.’ Completed between 2016 and 2019, these awe-inspiring works of art celebrate their subjects faithfully, wonderfully, just as they were.

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Silbury Sunset aquatint etching 30.5 x 35.5cm image size