Territorial Rites, Heptonstall
Geoff Butterworth | Watercolour | 19 x 28.5 inches
Geoff’s development as an artist coincided with the emergence of a new environment in the North of England – the Post Industrial landscape.
He records the northern scene as it is today, emerging from its grimy industrial past, its countryside sweeping back, its Pennine moors subtly-hued, the old stone buildings of its upland towns warmed by a brighter sun. The same sund warms the couples strolling in a light-filled city square too, seen from the depths of a sharp-shadowed Victorian arcade.
Northern light is, they say, “different”. It is the portrayal of this light which marks out a Butterworth painting and gives it its special quality. The light sweeps in, lifting the subject clear of the background and giving it an almost magical iridescence. Here is the work of a masterly painter, totally at ease with his subjects and his technique. His work is elegant, sophisticated and “accessible” – using that much-abused word in the best sense. His view is fresh, close-to-home, pleasing and truthful.
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