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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Exhibition follows in Turner's footsteps

The Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes is marking the bicentenary of JMW Turner's tour of Yorkshire with an exhibition of work by two artists who have been following in his footsteps.

Turner Summer towards  Ingleborough by Debbie Loane.

Jo Hume and Debbie Loane have engaged with the Yorkshire Dales in ways that echo the great artist's activity by connecting directly with the landscape, taking inspiration from the dramatic views and following in his footsteps.

The Turner Trail was created many years ago and has recently been promoted again through Welcome to Yorkshire. The exhibition links with the trail and provides an accessible way of connecting with the landscape and the views that inspired Turner.

Jo said: “Reading about Turner's delight in seeing and experiencing the wild weather of Yorkshire and its effect on his style resonated deeply with my own experience of painting. The biggest thrill is seeing how Turner in later life became so free in the way he applied paint which set the course of painting towards abstraction.”

Debbie said:  “It is not my intention to faithfully reproduce the scene, rather to create an equivalent language to express the intensity of the scene, so steeped in history and tradition and the experience of that place and the weather and stimulation of the senses.”

EXPLORE AND ENGAGE
Museum manager Fiona Rosher said: “By linking Turner’s work directly to the landscape, we hope to inspire more people to both explore and engage with this beautiful scenery through art.

“The exhibition includes many of the stunning landscape features of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, such as Aysgarth Falls, Malham Cove, Semerwater, Hardraw Force, Kilnsey Crag and Conistone. By working with contemporary landscape artists and photographers we have highlighted the landscape features in which Turner was so interested and made links to the sketches he made while travelling through the Dales.”

A “meet the artist” event will be held on Sunday (10 July) between 12pm and 4pm when visitors to the exhibition will have the chance to chat with Jo Hume and Debbie Loane.

Within the museum’s research room and the Macfie and Calvert collection is an early edition of Whitaker’s History of Richmondshire that will be displayed within the exhibition alongside virtual copies of the pages of Turner’s sketchbooks, the originals of which are held at the Tate.

The exhibition runs until 28 September and includes family art activities so that everyone who visits can have fun following in Turner’s footsteps too.

Further information: www.dalescountrysidemuseum.org.uk

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