YSP presents an exhibition of work by Norman Ackroyd CBE, RA, one of Britain’s foremost landscape artists and contemporary printmakers working today.
The Furthest Lands showcases a vast range of work that explores the western edges of the British Isles. Starting in the extreme north of the Shetland Islands, the exhibition journeys south over 950 miles to the far south-west point of Ireland, through a display of the artist’s intricate aquatint etchings and a small collection of watercolours.
Ackroyd’s characteristic muted tones add depth and energy to both familiar and faraway landscapes, including works such as Sun & Rain, Galway Bay (1999), Skellig Sunset (2007) and Off Hermaness, Shetland (2018).
Ackroyd made his first etching over 60 years ago at Leeds College of Art (now named Leeds Arts University). Created in the same period, Storm Over Gildersome (1959) – an atmospheric etching on steel which depicts the skyline of the Yorkshire village – features in the exhibition and has never been shown before.