Northern Light by Donald Wilkinson

1 September – 29 October 2018

Donald’s exhibition consists of land and seascapes made in Scotland as well as the fells of Cumbria and the Solway coast.  The work is mainly about the light and the weather at different times of the year.

Donald Wilkinson was born in Keswick in Cumbria. He studied at Carlisle College of Art from 1953-1957 and at the Royal College of Art, 1959-62, where he was awarded the Andrew J. Lloyd scholarship for Landscape. His work mainly focuses on the landscape of the Lake District, and is noted for light effects achieved in the atmospheric landscapes.

“My work is landscape based, about the experience of actually being in a place. I spend a great deal of time working on location often returning to the same piece of landscape again and again over a long period of a time. Watching changes that the weather and the season have on a familiar landscape is important to me.

When I begin working in a chosen landscape, I spend time looking, trying to understand the essence of the place. I make drawings in a sketchbook as I walk through the landscape; working very quickly. For me the important thing is to strive to express the elusiveness of the light on the land or water.

Back in the studio I spread out the drawings and watercolours and away from the motif, ideas begin to emerge. For the last few years I have been making monoprints . I enjoy the directness of the medium, the way one can work quickly and respond to unexpected happenings. I use large sheets of paper which allows me to make free marks either using the end of a brush or my fingers. I often work in this way on a related series of prints adding additional marks with pastel.”


Caption: Winter Fells-Crummock-Water 

Further information:
  • Open daily 10.30 am to 5.00 pm
  • Admission is included in the house & garden ticket; House & Garden: Adult: £7.50; Child: Free (aged 5 – 16); Student: £6.00; Infant/Junior School Groups: £1.20 ; Secondary School Groups: £5.25 (Free for adult helpers and teachers); Garden only tickets cost: Adult: £5.20; Child: Free; Student: £4.30
  • Location Brantwood, Coniston,  Cumbria  LA21 8AD
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