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Art in the Hall

Art Exhibition

Bedern Hall, York, North Yorkshire
Art in the Hall

About

Granville Heptonstall's exhbition runs at Bedern Hall from 26th April throughout the summer with the Hall open every Thursday for viewing, so why not drop by for coffee and cake as well.

Born 1946, Selby, West Riding of Yorkshire.

Universities of Exeter, The Open and London.

1968-2004: Art teaching in Wiltshire, Yorkshire and Oxford.

Retired from  teaching in 2004 and moved to York in 2008.

The summer of 2018 was one either to remember or forget, or try to. To remember if ice cream, lemonade, warm sand and gently lapping water are to your taste; or one to (try to) forget if one saw the whole thing as a harbinger of impending catastrophic climate change.

 The garden at No 18 isn’t large, quite the opposite, though it is full of trees and shrubs. The intense light of the summer created highlights and deep shade which revealed hitherto untapped possibilities for painting.   Space and depth were implied, belying the actuality. Why complain?

 I began with a series of colour drawings using the Brushes Redux app on the iPad, which I have been using for some years and have logged the development of the garden since 2007, when we bought the house, with what was then a green space, devoid of anything except grass.

 From the drawings I took sections which gave possibilities for colour, pattern and chiaroscuro. I painted four large-ish canvases using this method. A fifth, Geranium, was based on a collage of magazine scraps taking an iPad drawing as starting point. A sixth and larger one developed when I turned one of the drawings on its side and it suggested a woodland glade – the only painting which is not strictly speaking “of” the garden, rather “about” it.

 I have included one or two paintings on related themes. “Farway” refers to a village in East Devon of that name and is developed from a pencil drawing. The large canvas of trees comes out of a small painting based on a wood by  Bonnygate Lane, Brandsby.

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