Along the lane, across the dale…

8th September 2017News
David William Morris, Scabious, Crossbank Lane

David William Morris exhibition at Ruskin Museum, Coniston 

9 September – 10 December 2017

The Ruskin Museum in Coniston is hosting an exhibition of paintings by the Ravenstonedale artist David William Morris. The show’s title–‘Along the lane, across the dale…’ gives a clue to the nature of David’s paintings which gather inspiration from landscape subjects within a 5 mile radius of the south-east Cumbrian village of Ravenstonedale .

David is very pleased to have been asked to exhibit at the Ruskin Museum by the curator Vicky Slowe because they were once colleagues at Kendal’s Abbot Hall Art Gallery under Mary Burkett. Transferring paintings from his gallery in south-east Cumbria to Coniston in the middle of the Lake District will be an exciting experiment, says David-partly because his work will be reaching a fresh audience, but also because he will be able to see and assess his work in new surroundings.

Although David sometimes likes to study the outward appearance of the landscape, he also likes to use a subject to improvise –consequently, a lot of his work appears colourful and contemporary. “Not quite abstract, more poetic”-says David. “The subjects of the paintings are the result of little encounters with things I see near Ravenstonedale, whether it’s a lane, a big sweep of a hill, a group of cows or the wonderful growths of wild flowers such as meadowsweet or rosebay willow herb.”

David has lived and painted in the village of Ravenstonedale for nearly 30 years along with his wife, the artist Caroline A Metcalfe-Gibson and they together run The Scar Gallery there, showing both their work. Besides living in Ravenstonedale, he also has a long association with Kendal, not only at Abbot Hall, but also having taught Oil Painting at the Brewery for several years and was a carpet designer at Goodacre Carpets (now known as The Factory). He was first prizewinner at the Upfront Cumbria Open in 2010.

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