Somersby_550Glynne James is a Lincolnshire artist who moved to Boston six years ago from Sleaford where he and his family lived for 35 years. He was born and raised in Hertfordshire where he started painting and exhibiting his work, but moved to Lincolnshire in 1974 and fell in love with the fens. He stared to develop his own unique style depicting the ever-changing and fascinating fenland landscape.

GJames_PolytheneLakesInASeaOfYellow_550The 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. It is evident that the twenty-first 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.

GJames_Memories_550Glynne is a regular exhibitor at Carre Gallery.  His work can also be seen at Store Street Gallery Bloomsbury London, Stark Gallery Canterbury, Buckenham Galleries Southwold Suffolk, Gallery in the Lanes Norwich, Riverside Art and Glass Wroxham Norfolk, Harding House Gallery Lincoln, Fulbeck Craft Centre and Arts Coritani Swineshead.

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm every day (closed Sunday) until Saturday 02 September.

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Images:  (From the top) Somersby Room at the gallery: Polythene Lakes in a Sea of Yellow: Memories: A Splendid Year.  Artwork photographed at the gallery by Martin Cameron. Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

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An exhibition by Anne Barnham and Robin Hall

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Anne Barnham

Anne originally comes from Cumberland but now loves living in Lincolnshire. She paints open landscape scenes, rivers, old buildings, boats and much in between.

ABarnham_TheLamp_550The skies and views here are an absolute delight, especially to a countryside-loving artist like myself.

I started painting later in life with help from many artists, including Peter Hayward from Timberland. I have attended courses with artists whose style I feel compliments my own, a desire to encapsulate the essence of a view.

I have painted in many different places, both in England and abroad, as much as possible on the spot, but if not then from my own sketches, photos and observation. I undertake commissions, either from photographs or the actual place. My paintings are hanging in collections in many parts of Australia, New Zealand, Europe and USA. (Mr. Trump hasn’t got one yet!)

I think it is very necessary to capture the atmosphere and feeling of a place. My paintings reflect this with the idea that you could ‘walk into’ the scene, they are varied and interesting with wonderfully strong and harmonious colours.

I enjoy selecting my paintings for an exhibition, there are a number of local views as well as some with a little difference! More paintings can be seen at my Studio in Digby, you are very welcome to come and visit.”

ABarnham_TheLockAtHaverholme_550Anne has been given several awards, including The Carre Gallery Award in the 2015 Summer Exhibition, and she was selected to be a wild card in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016. Unfortunately she was unable to take up the prestigious offer because of prior commitments. She is entering again this year.

Anne is also Chair of the Sleaford Art Group, a member of The Shelford Group of Artists, an Ambassador for SAA paints and a Professional Associate of the Society of All Artists. She does workshops and demonstrations for local Art Groups, give talks to WI and Ladies groups and teaches art on the Cruise Liners.

Robin Hall

Robin is a Sleaford-based artist who paints mostly landscapes inspired by the Lincolnshire countryside. Born in Sleaford, he attended York College of Arts and Technology where he attained a BTEC National Diploma in General Art and Design. He then went to Coventry University where he graduated with a degree in Graphic Design. Robin has also studied calligraphy with the Open College for the Arts, watercolour with Christine Burnett at her studio in Grantham, and drawing with well-known SAA art tutor and author Trudy Friend.

RHall_AtTheFieldsEdge2_550“My half of the exhibition with Anne features work created over roughly a seven month period. I can definitely say that my contribution to the exhibition is the unseen bit! Despite my work having mostly an imaginary style, my paintings are inspired very much by the Landscape, especially the Lincolnshire landscape.  Skies, trees, hedgerows, cow parsley, sheep, and colourful yellow fields have all inspired the various paintings I am exhibiting. I have used a variety of media to create the images for this exhibition including watercolour, coloured pencil, mixed media, acrylic inks, and watercolour pencils.”

RHall_GrazingSheepNearRauceby_550In 2013 Robin won the Carre Gallery Award for his painting Sunset at Silk Willoughby and his paintings were used in 2016 as part of a presentation for the Lincolnshire Environmental Award about Mareham Pastures.  Robin, a member of the SAA, also teaches painting on Wednesday afternoons at The Source in Sleaford.

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4 pm every day until Saturday 03 June. (Closed on Sunday.)

NB: OPEN on Bank Holiday Monday 29 May.

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Images (from the top).  Ancient Sentinel (Robin) and Grange in Borrowdale (Anne); The Lamp; The Lock at Haverholme; At the Field’s Edge; Grazing Sheep near Rauceby.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new tab/window).

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