‘Landscape to Light’ Paul Denham Feature Exhibition 6th – 29th October 2021

‘Landscape to Light’ by Paul Denham, mixed media on cotton board 57.5cm x 88cm in a 66cm x 97cm frame.

‘LANDSCAPE TO LIGHT’ PAUL DENHAM FEATURE EXHIBITION

6th – 29th October 202

The vast expansive landscape of the North of England, the rugged moorland, the weathered outcrops of stone, the old mining scars now half reclaimed by nature, have captivated and inspired Paul Denham throughout his painting career. His connection with these places runs deep; he revisits them in his memory and the act of remembering brings with it a process of filtering, fermenting and change.

Denham’s landscape paintings are allowed to evolve, deliberately adapting painting methods to accentuate the making process; they often begin by applying a thick ground that he can carve and score into. This gives the painting a physicality from the outset, an earthiness that echoes the natural materials of peat or gritstone found on the moors. Markings into this ground, suggestive of contours and features in the landscape, set in motion a working process that culminates in richly painted surfaces revealing traces of previous colour and texture underneath.

The many glazes, layers, textures, scratches and abrasions in the paintings allude to what he refers to as “the geology of markings”. Deeply embedded in the surface of paint is the history of its making, and this gives Denham’s work a strong sense of embarking a journey into the memory of landscape.

Wild landscape is sometimes tempered by the gentler terrain of fields and woodlands; he has a special connection with Raby Park in Teesdale where he grew up. English colour, flat greens, steel blues, ochres, umbers, warm greys, produces in Denham’s work the character of Northern light and expresses a fascination with the raw elemental forces of nature. High up on exposed moorland under dramatic darkening skies, looking into luminous pools of reflected light in ever changing atmospheric conditions, or aware of a glowing light on a distant horizon, these paintings are reassuring expressions of the euphoria, excitement and optimism of our contact with the natural world.

THE MORNING SHINES

‘The Morning Shines’ Mixed media on cotton board, 45.5 x 45.5cm mounted in a 62 x 62cm glazed frame

BRIGHTER DAY 1

‘Brighter Day I’ Mixed media on cotton board, 16.5 x 16.5cm mounted in a 32 x 32cm glazed frame

BEAUTY BRIGHT

‘Beauty Bright’ Mixed media on cotton board, 76 x 76cm in a 83 x 83cm frame

SUN DISPELS THE FOG 1

‘Sun Dispels the Fog I’ Mixed media on paper, 22.5 x 22.5cm mounted in a 39 x 39cm glazed frame

WARM EARTH

‘Warm Earth’                Mixed media on paper, 65 x 90cm mounted in a 80 x 105cm glazed frame

STONEY HILLS 1

‘Stoney Hills I’ Mixed media on paper, 16.5 x 16.5cm mounted in a 32 x 32cm glazed frame

THE WESTERN SUN

‘The Western Sun’         Mixed media on cotton board, 76 x 76cm mounted in a 83 x 83cm frame

BRIGHTER DAY 2

‘Brighter Day II’ Mixed media on cotton board, 16.5 x 16.5cm mounted in a 32 x 32cm glazed frame

SCATTERED CLOUDS

‘Scattered Clouds’ Mixed media on cotton board, 76.5 x 70cm in a 84 x 78cm frame

SUN DISPELS THE FOG 2

‘Sun Dispels the Fog II’ Mixed media on paper, 22.5 x 22.5cm mounted in a 39 x 39cm glazed frame

MOONLIGHT ON THE MOOR

‘Moonlight on the Moor’ Mixed media on cotton board, 45.5 x 45.5cm mounted in a 62 x 62cm glazed frame

STONEY HILLS 2

‘Stoney Hills II’ Mixed media on paper, 16.5 x 16.5cm mounted in a 32 x 32cm glazed frame