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Len Tabner's Paintings from Wild Places

Image of Len Tabner painting © Reuben TabnerImage of Len Tabner painting © Reuben Tabner

28 May 2021

Len Tabner’s Paintings from Wild Places at the Inspired by… gallery, Danby Saturday 12 June to Sunday 18 July 2021

An exhibition of work exploring the power of the sea and the impact of industry on the spectacular landscapes of the north opens at the Inspired by… gallery next month.

Len Tabner’s Painting from Wild Places can be seen at the gallery at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby, at the northern end of the North York Moors National Park, from Saturday 12 June to Sunday 18 July.

Widely regarded as one of the UK’s best modern landscape painters, Len Tabner likes to be outdoors and to paint there, rather than in a studio. He lives on the North York Moors near the potash mine at Boulby, and has been down the mine on many occasions to paint what he sees there. He has travelled to the South Atlantic as a guest of the Royal Navy, and to the wilds of Japan, America, Scandinavia, Scotland and Ireland to paint.

Image of Len Tabner painting © Reuben Tabner

Len says: “I was born in South Bank on the River Tees near Middlesbrough, surrounded by blast furnaces and drilling rigs – but all I wanted to be outside, walking, birdwatching, drawing and taking photographs. My father was an inshore fisherman, so I was out in boats from a very early age.

“I like to share the experiences I have had, and the only way I can do that is by painting. This exhibition represents over 40 years of work, and is all to do with the landscape and weather, which I find very inspiring.”

Gallery curator Sally Ann Smith says: “Our attitude towards nature has always been ambiguous, nature being seen as a provider but also a powerful, frightening force. Over a lifetime of work, in some of the most challenging of environments, landscape painter Len Tabner has shone a light onto this uneasy relationship. This major solo exhibition explores both the power of the sea and the impact of industry on the spectacular landscapes of the north.”

The Inspired by… gallery, based at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby is open from 10am to 5pm daily. The National Park Centre has received VisitEngland's 'We're Good To Go' kitemark, an accreditation that shows all facilities are following the latest Government and industry Covid-19 safety guidelines.

Please note that masks must be worn throughout the National Park Centre in line with the latest Government guidelines.

For more information on the exhibition, go to: northyorkmoors.org.uk/inspiredby

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Nina Beadle
Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
press@northyorkmoors.org.uk
01439 772577

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 8.4 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

To view other press releases and for further information about the North York Moors National Park, visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk