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Northern Light

Drawings and Monoprints by Donald Wilkinson




Showing at

Gallery Two

Monday 9 May - Thursday 9 June 
Free entry

Open Monday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Drawings and Monoprints by Donald Wilkinson

This exhibition brings together a selection of Northern landscapes from Cumbria including Solway coast and Lake District by renowned artist Donald Wilkinson. Capturing the movement of light and weather upon a landscape with direct mark-making, Wilkinson’s drawings have an energy and emotional connection to place. Born in Keswick in the 1930s and now living near Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria these images explore places Wilkinson has returned to many times throughout his life.

Places, and his relationship with them, are of the utmost significance to Wilkinson. One feels he knows them like the back of his hand or the soles of his walking boots. Yet he is not a “topographical” artist, a kind of illustrator of various visited and explored landmarks, an artist-tourist. His sense of significant place goes deeper. It is in his roots. It is highly individual…

His places hold all kinds of personal memories. In his drawings, however, they have also become places of imagination, regardless of precise definitions of geography or locale. They have a universal meaning to anyone who relishes rocks, waves, snow, sunset, storm clouds, even the bleakness of wild land. And anyone who relishes the scudding, sliding, percussive, slashing, wandering marks on paper that are this painter’s syntax and language. This is where invention and memory as well as observation are involved.

Christopher Andreae, Introduction to Stains of Light catalogue, Tullie House Art Gallery.

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