One of Britain’s leading watercolour artists, Simon Palmer’s distinctive works draw inspiration from and celebrates the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales around Wensleydale where he has lived and worked for the last 40 years.
One of Britain’s leading watercolour artists, Simon Palmer’s distinctive works draw inspiration from and celebrates the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales around Wensleydale where he has lived and worked for the last 40 years. Palmer paints for the sheer joy of capturing shapes, patterns, sunlight and shadow, and his deep links to a specific place align him to a British landscape tradition that includes artists such as Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland and Eric Ravilious. Palmer walks close to his home every day, filling sketchbooks with rapid pen and ink drawings. Narrow lanes, railway bridges, drystone walls, farms, ancient trees, woodland and the moors; each scene is a starting point for his paintings, which use a subtle colour palette to capture every season.
This exhibition in the YSP Centre presents a collection of Palmer’s more recent limited edition giclee prints, which have been created from his much sought-after watercolour, ink and gouache paintings. Depicting quintessentially English scenes, reminiscent of wartime paintings from the 1940s, each work is printed onto Hahnemuhle Matt Fine Art Textured Albrecht Durer 210 gsm paper in an edition of 100.
Palmer’s paintings have been exhibited worldwide, and his works are in many public collections including The National Trust, and the Penn Club, London as well as private collections in the UK, USA, Australia and Japan. He was awarded an honorary membership to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 2007.
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