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North Yorkshire Open Studios North Yorkshire Open Studios

Thank you to everyone who visited my studio during North Yorkshire Open Studios, it was lovely to see people returning from previous NYOS and to meet many new visitors. To receive positive feedback directly from fellow artists and art enthusiasts is a great psychological boost. It really motivates me to get out there again, with paints and board.

The Biscuit Factory Newcastle The Biscuit Factory Newcastle

Summer exhibition 2017

Paintings are ready for the summer show at The Biscuit Factory. The launch is on Friday June 2nd 6 to 9pm. It should be a great evening, it is always a lively event, so I hope you can make it, see their website for details. http://www.thebiscuitfactory.com/exhibitions/ I will once again be including paintings capturing the energy of the moors and the coast in storm conditions. In May 2015, I contributed to an Art Blog about my practice of painting en plein air in stormy conditions, if you would like to read it, I have attached a link below.

http://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2015/05/14/jim-wright-on-painting-en-plein-air-in-northern-scotland/

Waiting for the storm Waiting for the storm

A storm approaching, usually has people battening down the hatches, or planning a trip to more tranquil climes, but when we saw the forecast for the storm heading for the West Coast of Scotland this week, we packed our bags and headed up to Ardnamurchan. We arrived in the evening, to see the unusual sight of the new moon, with Venus shining brightly to the right of it and Mars - much smaller- visually close by. This alignment only occurs every 19 years, and consequently you get a very high tide with this occurence. The surfing website was also predicting a very strong swell with waves over 20 foot heading for Tiree; with the storm forecast too, it promised to be an exciting week. Needless to say, it is a place that never fails to deliver the drama.

Busy year ahead Busy year ahead

Exhibitions planned for 2015

2015 is looking like a busy year for Jim. He will be back in Ardnamuchan at the beginning of the year, painting seascapes for an exhibition at The Resipole Studios which will open at the beginning of May, he has also been invited to show paintings in Scotland en plein air exhibition at the gallery which begins in August. In June we will once again be opening our door for North Yorkshire Open Studios and in the autumn Jim will be showing landscapes and seascapes at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle.

Winterlude Exhibition Winterlude Exhibition

The first on line art exhibition from Art Connections

Grace Whowell has curated this contemporary online art exhibition of work by selected North Yorkshire Open Studio artists for the Christmas period. The exhibition runs until 11th January 2015. Jim has 6 paintings included in the exhibition. Dazzling light at Priest Cove shown here is one of his latest paintings, painted at Cape Cornwall.

http://www.art-connections.org.uk/online-exhibition/

Autumn Exhibition at the Look Gallery Autumn Exhibition at the Look Gallery

Starts 21st September 2014

Jim will have a collection of new paintings in the autumn exhibition at The Look Gallery in Helmsley, opening on 21st September 2014.

Resipole Studios 10th Anniversary Exhibition Resipole Studios 10th Anniversary Exhibition

5th July to 3rd August

I've just returned from a fantastic trip to Ardnamurchan. The local people were so generous with their time. I had a great trip out on Loch Sunart, kayaking with Ian. We got close up with the seals, when they came and checked us out. I also had a tremendous few days in Portuairk, with Fiona and James, they took me out on their boat to see the lighthouse from a totally different perspective. Fiona's father introduced my family to his homeland when I was young, and we subsequently made an annual summer holiday trip every year.

http://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/

Paintings now on show near Harrogate Paintings now on show near Harrogate

Chantry House, Ripley

It was great to meet Emma Hargreaves who became the new gallery owner of Chantry House last year. We delivered some large seascape and landscapes she had selected, to her beautiful refurbished gallery in Ripley. We hope you will enjoy a visit to her gallery as much as we did.

http://www.chantryhousegallery.co.uk/

North Yorkshire Open Studios 2014 North Yorkshire Open Studios 2014

Two busy weekends in June

Thank you to everyone who supported us, by visiting us during North Yorkshire Open Studios. We had over 200 visitors over the two weekends. It was great to meet so many lively and interesting people.who share our passion for art. If you missed Open Studios but would like to visit, please contact us first to arrange a time, as Jim can often be out, painting on the moors or at the coast.

http://www.nyos.org.uk/

Cape Cornwall Cape Cornwall

Storm Hercules Jan 6th 2014

Although we were at the Cape for a shorter time than planned, we still caught the most exhilarating storms and sea conditions. I've never seen such a dark coloured blue on the magic seaweed wave chart, indicating waves of over 30 feet approaching the coastline. It was a day to pick your spot carefully. Here's a link to a photo of the house on another stormy day, showing enormous waves steaming in, and what a fantastic situation 'Brisons Veor'.is, for an artist inspired by the energy of the wind and the sea.http://magicseaweed.com/photoLab/viewPhoto.php?photoId=312851

http://magicseaweed.com/Sennen-Surf-Report/4/

Painting on the North York Moors Painting on the North York Moors

November/December 2013

I have been working on some large charcoal drawings and some smaller oils out on the moors. If you sit for long enough the grouse and partridges are often all around you , the grouse are particularly entertaining, constantly jabbering to each other, sometimes they are more distracting as their heated discussions escalate to territorial disputes.

Residency at Cape Cornwall Residency at Cape Cornwall

Waiting for the winter storms

Jim is returning to Brisons Veor at Cape Cornwall over Christmas and New Year, Hopefully he'll be there for some of the exhilarating winter storms. His first residency provided him with the opportunity to extend his practice in painting out in the storms, and gradually the canvases he prepared, to take out to the rocks, got bigger and bigger,

Further travels to the West coast Further travels to the West coast

Cornwall and Ardnamurchan

At Easter we returned to Cape Cornwall with some unfinished paintings it was interesting weather, the cold Easterly winds created some amazing spin drift with waves rolling in like steam trains with trails of spray behind..'Crashing Wave at the Cape was one of the paintings Jim finished on site. The last two weeks of May were spent in Ardnamurchan working on paintings for the forthcoming exhibition at The Resipole Gallery in mid August. We got some beautiful light on the new leaves of the oaks by Loch Sunart and the dense carpets of bluebells at Portuairk, whilst we waited for the swell to arrive.

New paintings at The Yorkshire  Wolds Gallery New paintings at The Yorkshire Wolds Gallery

Summer landscape exhibition

Ginny Sutton came over to select six paintings for her landscape exhibition at The Yorkshire Wolds Gallery, a lovely gallery just off the A1249 near Staxton with a popular cafe ajoining it. Usually we deliver paintings to galleries, but Ginny has always curated her gallery space by personally selecting work.

http://www.yorkshirewoldsgallery.co.uk/

Cape Cornwall Residency Cape Cornwall Residency

20th January -15th February 2013

Cape Cornwall residency, was a four week stay in a house let to creative artists of all art forms. I applied with immense excitement,as the position of the house was perfect for my practice (I'd spent ten days at St Just last September when I'd only just begun to discover what it could offer) . I was totally immersed in the elements with very little distraction. The Cape is so awe inspiring, I felt compelled to paint day after day. The light and energy of the elements were breathtaking, the colour of the sea so strong, with, the beautiful cobalt green of the tumbling wave. I also received a friendly welcome from the musicians who play at The Star on a Monday and Thursday night, so much talent to respond to and learn from. It was such a memorable four weeks.

Spring exhibition at The Biscuit Factory Spring exhibition at The Biscuit Factory

New work now on show

Seven new paintings of the North York Moors and three seascapes (including two new paintings from my residency at Cape Cornwall), are all on show, in The Biscuit Factory's Spring Show. I'm really pleased with the hanging of the work by the team,, as the paintings share a double space with some beautiful pieces of wooden furniture, which allows the viewer the opportunity to stand back to look at the paintings.

http://www.thebiscuitfactory.com/

House of Lords Success House of Lords Success

Two paintings selected for Parliamentary Collection

In spring this year 'South Westerly Storm off Ardnamurchan Point' and 'Chimney Bank, Rosedale' were selected for the House of Lords to be displayed in Millbank House, and are now part of The Parliamentary Art Collection, a publicly owned national art collection. Many thanks to Michele Bianco owner of The Bianco Nero Gallery, Stokesley for submitting them.

New Galleries in Scotland New Galleries in Scotland

Resipole Studios in Ardnamurchan and Fotheringham Gallery, Bridge of Allan



The Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery on the edge of Loch Sunart, (see galleries page) run by figurative artist Andrew Sinclair, has received six new works and we now have five more paintings showing at the The Fotheringham Gallery in the historic spa town Bridge of Allan, just North of Stirling . The Fotheringham Gallery is run by two sisters, Claire and award winning jewellery designer Leigh Fotheringham.

A  weekend show in Manchester A weekend show in Manchester

Green Walk Open House Weekend 5th & 6th May

We consider the Green Walk Open House Arts and Crafts Weekend a rather special event. It's organised by a group of Green Walk residents who very generously open their houses to local artists/designers to use as exhibition space to showcase and sell their work. There is a great sense of community about this event, with food served on the green, and it's really interesting to see work displayed in such individual personalised settings.

http://www.greenwalk.co.uk/

Back to Ardnamurchan Back to Ardnamurchan

Starting 2012 with an invigorating spell at Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

At the end of December we headed back to Ardnamurchan so Jim could witness some of the wild weather that hits the west coast. There was plenty of evidence that the lighthouse and the more sheltered village of Portuairk had taken a battering, trees completely uprooted by the wind and the viewing room at the foot of the lighthouse smashed and bent with the force of the high seas. The wind still gusted and made the headlines further south, challenging conditions to paint, but exactly what Jim was hoping to capture.

Fleeting Light Fleeting Light

'Summer colours in Farndale'

The weather this summer has resulted in some impressive scenery on the moors. The heavy downpours from the dark brooding prussian blue skies, leave the moors sparkling and rich in colour. Jim has begun a new series of paintings inspired by the fleeting light on the moors.

Latest paintings Latest paintings

Jim's latest paintings have been delivered to The Biscuit Factory for the summer show, which begins with a preview on 10th June 2011, from 6pm.

Back to the Lighthouse Back to the Lighthouse

Ardnamurchan March 2011

We returned to Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, with definite goals in our minds. Jim planned to paint in every weather possible, and took thermals, ski trousers and waterproofs to ensure the elements wouldn't stop him. I wanted to record the weather and look at the wind patterns. Returning to the same place allows us to get a far greater understanding of the area, and gives Jim time to paint places that are a little more off the beaten track and less obvious on first impressions.

http://www.ardnamurchanlighthouse.com/lighthouse.html

Scotland October 2010 Scotland October 2010

I made a return visit to Barra and Ardnamurchan this autumn, and the light, colours and atmosphere were totally inspirational. From the moment Sue and I left Kirkbymoorside to my return, we saw one rainbow after another, which is just an indication of the fact that we had sunshine and brooding heavy clouds for most of the time. We returned to Barra, the winds were strong and the changing weather, saw the sea change from greys to greens in minutes. We then spent a week by Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, the most westerly point in Britain. Exposure to the elements at this point was exhilarating.

Dover Prize  Darlington 2010 Dover Prize Darlington 2010

‘Atmosphere and Emotion’

Jim has had two paintings selected for this biennial competition, Melting snow and Raging Sea. The theme is ‘Atmosphere and Emotion’ and is open to artists in Northumberland, Tees, Durham and North Yorkshire. The exhibition at Darlington Arts Centre,runs from 15th April -29th May. Jim was presented with the runners up prize in this competition for Raging Sea.

http://minisites.countydurhamfoundation.co.uk/doverprize