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Artist’s abstract paintings to portray the emotions created by the North York Moors National Park’s landscape

The Whole Story by Louise FletcherThe Whole Story by Louise Fletcher

3 May 2022

The way an artist has connected with the history, space and freedom within the North York Moors National Park is portrayed in a series of abstract paintings which go on display in a new exhibition opening next month (May) in the Inspired by… gallery.

The Abstracted Landscapes exhibition by Yorkshire Dales artist Louise Fletcher opens at the National Park’s Inspired by… gallery at Danby Lodge on Saturday 28 May and runs through to 10 July.

To produce the body of work, comprising 45 paintings ranging from a huge triptych centrepiece to a series of small 10-inch square pieces, Louise spent time visiting landmarks such as the Victorian-age Bank Top Kilns and the dramatic Hole of Horcum.

Over Horcum

The abstract form and use of collage is a vital part of her work to help convey how we use all our senses when visiting a place, not just sight.

This is reflected in many of the pieces in the exhibition where Louise has built up layers of paper and paint before sanding them back to create differing textures and areas where words or images peep through the final composition.

She explains: “Our experience of landscape is not merely a visual one. We feel the wind and rain, we smell the scents, we sense the history and we bring our whole selves to every place we visit - our moods and our memories – which all combine to create our experience on that day. Working abstractly allows me to escape the confines of what I see and express so much more.

“Collage helps make each piece more relevant to the landscape by expressing the sense of history and mystery. For instance just as we see in the landscape the remains of the 19th century Bank Top Kilns up the steep hill called Chimney Bank, so in my work there are remnants of vintage letters or newspapers under the layers of paint.”

Chimney Bank

Louise likens the National Park’s moorland landscapes, particularly the overwhelming space at the Hole of Horcum, to a time when she was living in America and experienced the ‘awesome power of nature’ in the American desert and how humbling that made her feel.

Sally Ann Smith, curator of the Inspired by… gallery comments: “It is very apt that Louise’s work is being displayed this year as the National Park, as part of its 70th anniversary celebrations, is actively encouraging visitors to engage all their senses when they’re visiting so they can get the most out their time here and make a deeper connection with the landscape.

“Through art like Louise’s paintings there’s a compelling message we can all take away – the value of breaking off for a moment from chatting or looking at a mobile phone and let all our senses come to the fore when we’re surrounded by nature.”

For more information see Abstracted Landscapes


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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, Danby Lodge National Park Centre 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.

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