Glynne James – Landscape Paintings

August 29, 2012

Long Summer Day

Glynne was born and raised in Hertfordshire where he started painting and exhibiting his work. He moved to Lincolnshire in 1974 with his wife Carol and over the next 20 years he started to develop his own unique style, depicting the ever-changing and fascinating fenland landscape.

Glynne James at Carre Gallery

The temporal approach is the essence of Glynne’s work and results in highly stylised canvases. Each painting approaches the landscape in terms of its changes, not as individual paintings but upon the same canvas, strips of fenland character displayed as a coherent whole. On occasions the adjacent strips are subtly differentiated as if moving from one minute’s observation to the next. On others, the changes are sudden and startling; a field of wheat becomes a sea of plastic, a distant shape becomes a blazingly lit power station. Landscape which may appear featureless to the casual observer is presented with its components highlighted.

Say Goodbye to the Blues

These then are not landscapes in the comfortable Constable sense. They still address the age-old relationship between artist and farmer but it is evident that the 21st century is upon us, be it in the growing of new crops, the threat of climate change or the understated march of machinery. These paintings wake us from our dreamy preconception of what landscape painting is and challenge the viewer to see the Fenland Landscape and not just look at it.

Glynne’s exhibition is open 10 am ’til 4 pm until Sat 01 September.

Glynne James at Carre Gallery

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