Exhibition inspired by local landscape

Artist David Winfield, whose exhibition at the Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk runs until October 16.
Artist David Winfield, whose exhibition at the Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk runs until October 16.

A new exhibition at the Zillah Bell Gallery in Thirsk reflects four years in the life of a local landscape.

Landscape has always been part of artist David Winfield’s life and this series of paintings captures the moods, vistas and minute details of the Bell Family Farm – an area of farmland on the outskirts of Thirsk.

The project came about following a chance remark by the artist to John Bell who, as well as owning the farmland, also owns the Zillah Bell Gallery.

David said: “I was talking about not being able to get on my bike and look for views when John suggested that I could paint his patch of farmland.

“During my time in this landscape I slowly began to see the beauty of the views both from it and on it.”

The paintings which fill the gallery bear witness to the affinity that the artist has developed with this area of farmland.

John said: “David has painted the parts of the farm that appeal to him. In particular, there’s a ridge that runs through the farm and he has returned to this path in different seasons over the last four years. To the east you have the Hambleton Hills and looking west you can see through the gateway to Wensleydale, Penhill and beyond. Above you is a big sky with a constantly changing light.It’s a wonderful part of the real Yorkshire and he has caught it in all its different seasons and moods.”

l The exhibition runs until October 16. For more details visit www.zillahbellgallery.co.uk or telephone 01845 522479.