By Ursula Newell-Walker
Acrylic painting , mounted ready to frame. 52 cms wide x 46 cms high. Price £150 inc. UK shipping.
Particularly with my landscapes the texture and direction of the marks are as important to your enjoyment as are the shapes and colours. Through them you experience the weather as well as the fall of the land.
When I moved back to Lancashire, I found I needed to do a lot of walking and looking, and gradually my hands knew what to do to capture their new locality. Look closely at these two South Lakes paintings. There is an underlay of colours and shapes, and then bolder, freer marks on top. In doing these second marks I had a sense of ‘Yes, that’s it!’, and I hope you, too, have that feeling.
My work and life both reflect a constant interplay between several ‘worlds’. England/Australia; art-making/ ‘ordinary life’, the external and the inner worlds. These are just three thresholds or frontiers crossed frequently. You may have others? I consistently work along this ‘in-between zone’ and contend that my willingness and ability to do so brings to the work a depth, and edge of mystery, otherwise absent. Primarily, colour is used to explore my place in landscape, space and time, and, by implication, that of many another person. The things which currently pre-occupy me can never be entirely absent from my work; especially the hot COVID summer just past.
The starting point is often a place of importance to me or the play of light at a particular moment. As someone who has lived in many places much work has explored the process of moving and settling, of place and belonging. Now, having returned to my birthplace in Lancashire, at a key point in the nation’s decision-making about its place in the world, and its response to a pandemic, huge skies with fast-changing weather predominate. Something new is always moving in, exerting its influence, perhaps a solid drenching, and then passing through. For this reason, the paint is applied in a very physical way and the marks are bolder to convey the strength and robustness of the place and people of which I am now an intimate part.