David Inshaw is 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’ (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.
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‘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
Some of David Inshaw’s recent paintings are shown below. Please call 01308 459511, email firstname.lastname@example.org or reply at the foot of this page to enquire about a David Inshaw painting.
‘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’s signed, limited edition giclée prints and greetings cards 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.
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 painted some of his best-loved pictures then. His most famous painting, The Badminton Game, was exhibited in Bath and Edinburgh and acquired by the Tate in 1980.
One of Inshaw’s seminal places is West Bay, and in 2007 he showed an extraordinary collection of major West Bay paintings in the extensive then very new Sladers Yard art gallery. In 2013 he returned with another exceptionally powerful show, bringing together the themes of a lifetime.
A selection of West Bay paintings which have been shown at Sladers Yard. Most of these are now in private collections but some may be available.