Scarborough artist Peter Watson provides a fresh look at the East Yorkshire Wolds in a new exhibition at the town’s Gallery at Woodend.
Peter’s soil paintings of the landscapes made internationally famous by Bridlington-based David Hockney can be seen at the town centre.
Focusing on the way the landscape is affected by modern farming methods, Peter’s landscapes, all oils on canvas, include views of Folkton Brow, Weaverthorpe Slack, Sherburn Wold and Willerby Wold.
Peter said: “The Wolds are often overlooked as they don’t have the dramatic landscapes of the nearby moors and dales. But they have their own quiet beauty, and modern farming methods have given them their own very special drama. I hope to convey some of that to visitors to the exhibition.”
The Wolds paintings will be supplemented by four industrial landscapes which led to a commission by the National Coal Board. Fourteen of this sequence of now-long-gone coal mining collieries in South Yorkshire are in the collection of the National Coal Mining Museum at Wakefield
Also on show will be pictures representing the third main theme of Peter’s work, sport, including a scene from the Scarborough v Chelsea match at the McCain Stadium in 2004; a commission from Scarborough Cricket Club to mark its 150th anniversary, featuring portraits of club members, cricketers and supporters, including Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s cat.
And a highlight of the exhibition will be a nearly-life-size portrait of a prize-winning bull, on loan from the owner.
Peter is producing a new body of work on erosion on the East Yorkshire coast.
The exhibition runs at the gallery from Monday July8 t to Friday July 26. Opening times: weekdays from 9am to 5pm.