night and light and the half light
Saturday 4 November 2017 – Sunday 21 January 2018
We are delighted to welcome back David Inshaw, the consummate painter of the English landscape, peopled by dreamlike figures, birds and animals. Called ‘perhaps the greatest living proponent of the English Romantic tradition’ in the Spectator, Inshaw invokes the powers of the night, the moon, trees, bonfires, fireworks, the sea, birds, animals, men and women and ancient landscapes to create his intensely personal paintings.
Please do get in touch if you are interested in buying or commissioning a David Inshaw painting or if you would like a notification when the paintings in the upcoming group show are available to view here.
‘A great pastoral painter and visionary, that rare kind of artist who appears perhaps once or twice in a generation and illumines the world in a new way.’ Andrew Lambirth Guardian
Another England How David Inshaw changed the Landscape of Art Guardian October 2015
‘His landscapes are haunted. You tap into their strangeness on a sensual level: you can feel it in the mood, in the poise, in the light. It pervades the atmosphere as surely as the smell of dew pervades the dawn. The profoundly familiar is made, at the same time, so alien, so otherworldly. Inshaw belongs to a great tradition of English Romantics: he awakens our perceptions to the possibilities of a miracle. No wonder the first time I saw him he had his head in the clouds.’ Rachel Campbell-Johnston, Art Critic The Times (from her foreword to David Inshaw’s 2013 Sladers Yard solo show catalogue).
David Inshaw grew up in Biggin Hill, close to Samuel Palmer’s Shoreham. He studied at Beckenham School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, with a six month scholarship to study in Paris, before he started to teach painting and printmaking at the West of England College of Art in Bristol. In 1975, with Peter Blake and five others, he formed the Brotherhood of Ruralists, who devoted themselves to painting subjects drawn from nature and English mythology and literature. Inshaw came to prominence in the seventies and has been painting his mysterious captivating paintings ever since. His most famous painting, The Badminton Game, was acquired by the Tate in 1980. His work is in many other public, private and corporate collections worldwide. He lives in Devizes.
One of Inshaw’s seminal places is West Bay which he has been visiting since the sixties. In 2007 he showed an extraordinary collection of major West Bay paintings in the then very new Sladers Yard art gallery. In 2013 he returned with another exceptionally powerful solo show, bringing together the themes of a lifetime. David Inshaw’s work is always available from Sladers Yard.
David Inshaw’s signed, limited edition giclée prints can be bought at Sladers Yard.
David Inshaw, the major biography by Andrew Lambirth, is now out in paperback and available to buy and to order from the gallery at £30.
Catalogues from David Inshaw’s 2013 Solo Show at Sladers Yard are available and the works can be seen here.
A selection of West Bay paintings which have been shown at Sladers Yard.