A Green lane
This exhibition takes inspiration from ancient green lanes, woodlands, the freedom to roam, the importance of nature in our lives and the desire to be immersed in it.
My paintings are my love letters to the countryside around me. Everywhere I look, I notice the shapes, lines, colours and patterns that make up the natural world- seeing potential paintings everywhere.
The Yorkshire countryside never fails to inspire me; from the huge moorland landscapes on my doorstep to the tiny minutia of mosses and lichens found deep in the woods- it takes my breath away. Above all others, though, is my love of trees and this is a continuing theme throughout my work.
Working intuitively, I build up texture through thick layers of paint and then scratch and mark into the wet layer. A vocabulary of marks are made with pens, graphite, charcoal, pastels and oil pastel. Layers of paint are applied with dynamic brushstrokes then rubbed off again in places to reveal the layers underneath. The compositions are made up of layers of intense and muted colours, bold brushstrokes that hint at the forms that inspired them, delicate drips of translucent paint, wandering lines and an ever-evolving vocabulary of marks that emerge in the sketching process. All combine together to create work that is energetic, evocative and deeply rooted in nature.
The work I have produced for this exhibition contains strong elements of collage combing it with acrylic paint. The round nature of this new work is important to me in the feeling of these pieces. The seed for this exhibition came a couple of years ago and developed slowly until I saw Lorna's work and immediately fell in love with it. We chatted over the idea of representing the feeling of being immersed in nature, nature as an escape, the concept of wildness and how important it is. Combined with years of enthusiasm for green lanes and green men explored with Ian Scott Massie the exhibition was born.
Willow Tunnels - Josie Beszant
Mixed media, collage and acrylic by josie Beszant. Size 20cm diameter.
Artist notes: the dappled light through dense willow leaves creating ever changing points of interest. I love the sound of willow in the wind and the feeling of being part of the tree when you are inside the tunnels it makes.
A Shrine To The Humble Tomato - Josie Beszant
Collage and acrylic on birch ply by Josie Beszant. Size - 33cm diameter
Artist notes: the green smell that's evoked by young tomato plants in a greenhouse in early summer seems all enveloping, a vivid olfactory memory.
Catkins and Frog
Acrylic and collage on birch ply by Josie Beszant. Size 24cm diameter.
Artist notes: buried deep in the green of an ancient lane time is a shifting concept and you feel the stories that have happened years before and perhaps those that may happen in the future - witnessed by the catkins and the frog.
Singing Trees - Josie Beszant
Mixed Media and collage on birch ply panel by Josie Beszant. Size 24cm diameter, protected by matt varnish.
Artist Notes: Sometimes standing very still amongst the trees you can almost hear them singing to each other.
Ian Scott massie
I've taken the opportunity in my pictures for A Green Lane to go back to very early memories. A green lane ran through the middle of the council estate where I lived. It had a strange, other worldly feeling, like stepping into another time. I've felt the same on the Devil's Highway near Silchester, the Ridgeway in Berkshire and the lane to Beacon Hill in Grantham and I've tried to capture it in these pictures.
Green Lane - screen print - Ian Scott Massie
Reduction screen print a variable edition of 8 by Ian Scott Massie. Size:
Image 7.5x10.5” unframed. Also available framed for pickup only at £195.
Artists notes: The Green Lane at Grantham is a tunnel of overarching trees running ups to where the ancient beacon once sent its warning light across the landscape.
Green Man of Langley Marish 2 - Ian Scott Massie
Original reduction screen print on paper one of 8 of a variable edition by Ian Scott Massie. Size 10"x10”, sold online unframed, available framed in Masham Gallery for £130.
Artist notes: I've also reached back to my childhood, to the Green Men of Langley Marish who's carved faces looked down on me when I was a choir boy. Are they the spirit of the wood, or those lost in the woods, are those leaves or flames?
Green Man of Langley Marish 1 - screen print - Ian Scott Massie
Reduction screen print. Variable edition of 8 by Ian Scott Massie. Size:
Paper 11 x 7.5”, Image 6.5x5.5”
Artists notes: I've reached back to my childhood, to the Green Men of Langley Marish who's carved faces looked down on me when I was a choir boy. Are they the spirit of the wood, or those lost in the woods, are those leaves or flames?
The Devil’s Highway, Ian Scott Massie
original watercolour on paper by Ian Scott Massie. Framed in a narrow flat grey size 20" x 16".
Artists notes: The Devil’s Highway is a Roman road which runs from Silchester, the ancient city where King Arthur was christened, towards London. Now overgrown it was a major highway 1800 years ago.
Summer, Studley Royal - Ian Scott Massie
Original watercolour on paper by Ian Scott Massie. Available framed in a flat narrow grey frame size 10" x 12"
Uffington Castle, The Ridgeway - Ian Scott Massie
Watercolour on paper, by Ian Scott Massie. Size including narrow flat grey frame 20" x 16."
Artists Notes: The Ridgeway in Berkshire links standing stones, hill forts, and the incomparably beautiful White Horse of Uffington. The old road itself is rich with wild orchids and straggling ancient hedges - just the perfect green lane.
The High Path, Winter, Ian Scott Massie
original watercolour on paper by Ian Scott Massie. Available framed in a narrow flat grey size 12" x 10".
Artists notes: The High Path is a track at Marfield Wetlands Nature Reserve - a peaceful oasis where a medieval nunnery once stood.