Barbara Nicholls

27 May – 4 September 2022

Inspired by the presence of water in the landscape, Barbara Nicholls’ paintings reflect the Lake District’s dramatic environment.

These monumental watercolours emerge from a process of manipulating coloured pigment in large quantities of water. The pigments behave in a variety of ways; some gather in dark, opaque pools, others are translucent, lapping at the paper to form gentle tidal marks.

Using walking as a way of deeply immersing herself in nature, the artist absorbs the effect this has on her own body. Back in the studio, there is a lengthy process of applying a huge variety of watercolours, allowing them to pool, flood and evaporate on the paper.

The resulting paintings evoke the sweeping contours of land and water viewed from the air, tiny organic life seen through the lens of a microscope, ancient geological formations or the workings of the human body.

 

Caption: Barbara Nicholls, Magma Roll 2019, watercolour on paper. Image courtesy The Turnpike CIC. Photography by Livia Lazar.

 

Further information
  • Opening times: April – October 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily; November – March 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
  • Adults: £9.00 / £9.90 (with Gift Aid); Friends, Patrons & Benefactors FREE; Family (one adult & up to three children): £15.50 / £17.05 (with Gift Aid); Family (two adults & up to three children): £24.00 / £26.95 (with Gift Aid); Students: 7.00 / £7.70 (with Gift Aid); Children <15 £4.50 / £4.95 (with Gift Aid); Children < 4 Free; National Art Pass 50% discount
  • Location Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3J
  • Getting there by car From the south: Exit the M6 at junction 36 and follow signs for the South Lakes and Windermere. At the roundabout take the first left following signs for Crook and Bowness-on-Windermere on the B5284. After 6 miles arrive at a T-junction, turn left on to the A5074 (Lyth Valley Road). Turn right where the road forks onto the B5360.  Follow the drive to Blackwell’s car park. From the north: Exit the M6 at junction 40 and follow signs for Keswick (A66) and Windermere (A591) via Grasmere and Ambleside. Once in Windermere follow signs for Bowness-on-Windermere. Once in Bowness-on-Windermere follow the road to Blackwell which is situated just off the A5074 (Lyth Valley Road) and turn right where the road forks onto the B5360. Follow the drive to Blackwell’s car park. By train: Oxenholme is the nearest main-line railway station, a connecting train will bring you into Windermere (three miles from Blackwell). Buses run to Bowness-on-Windermere, 1½ miles north of Blackwell. Alternatively taxis are available from Windermere Station to Blackwell
  • For more information please call 015394 46139

http://www.blackwell.org.uk