Arranging Patches of Colour, an exhibition of paintings by Eden-based artist, David Boyd will be opening in the Dawson Gallery of the Ruskin Museum, Coniston 25 May.

The title of the exhibition, Arranging patches of colour, is inspired by a quote from John Ruskin himself: “Everything that you can see in the world around you presents itself to your eyes only as an arrangement of patches of different colours.”

Featuring over 25 different works, the exhibition focuses on David’s latest paintings and drawings including new plein airpaintings of the Eden Valley, North Lakes and Pennine landscapes. These will sit alongside a new series of studio paintings of animals and birds, all oversized and corpulent, with farm animals positioned on to David’s landscapes with little regard to scale or perspective, even appearing to stand on small rural houses.

“This series is inspired by early 19th century British rural art,” says David. “It was a time when a farmer’s hottest status symbol would be a proud profile portrait of a champion cow or tup, and the livestock looked surprisingly geometric. I’ve tried to interpret that from today’s perspective.”

In contrast to the landscapes and animal paintings, Arranging patches of colourwill also feature a selection of café culture-inspired pieces. “I enjoy drawing people when I’m out and about,” explains David, “and I try to capture this modern day interior landscape, depicting people on their mobile phones and tablets or smokers outside a cafe window. It’s something we all see all the time but I am hoping that people might begin to see it differently once they’ve considered the pictures in this exhibition.”

During the exhibition, there will be several afternoon drawing workshops. Please enquire to The Ruskin Museum (01539 441164) or Vicki Boyd (01768 870850) for details of exact dates and times.

Open daily from 10am – 5pm the exhibition runs unto 4 August, entry to the exhibition is included in the museum entry fee

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