Humber riverscapes from the air
Manchester artist Colin Taylor is well-known for transferring his love of mountains to his paintings.
But in his latest exhibition, Riverscapes, which is currently on view at Barton upon Humber’s The Ropewalk he took to the skies to bring a new perspective to his latest body of work which was created especially for the regionally acclaimed arts centre.
The Ropewalk’s Exhibition’s Officer, Richard Hatfield, explained that Colin took to the skies in a light aircraft to recreate an approach by photographer Jorge Anhalzer who flew in a micro-light to take pictures of the landscape below.
“Colin’s work transfers experience and emotion directly to canvas. His direct and rapidly executed approach conveys a determined and unique focus to represent the unrepresentable,” Richard continued.
Colin added: “When I was invited to consider the possibility of exhibiting here at The Ropewalk, I thought Anhalzer’s approach might lend itself quite well to this project. So about half of the works exhibited here originated during one of two or three flying lessons that I took in the summer of 2013, up and down the river and the estuary.”
“The common denominator between these “Riverscapes” and the other half of the exhibition is the very same balance of rural, urban, industry and community existing in close proximity and with their own set of priorities,” he went on.
Colin has also included several paintings about The English Lake District, now a mature visitor destination that a few weeks ago was nominated by the UK government as a probable bid in 2016, for World Heritage Site status.
The exhibition in the Artspace runs until March 2. Entry to all galleries at The Ropewalk, which is open from Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm and Sunday between 10am and 4pm, is free.