‘Swimming Lake Ullswater’ An exhibition of abstract landscape paintings inspired by the 7.5 mile swim of the lake

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I swam the length of Lake Ullswater and this exhibition is a series of artworks inspired by the experience. The project is funded by VARC (visual arts in rural communities)

The exhibition is on at Kendal Museum for 2 months, their will be an opening on 25th April from 5.30 -7.30 with a free bar, so I hope to see you there.

I decided to trace a line through the water, from one end to the other, and by swimming this route, I could look at, feel and experience the same place from a different perspective, from the inside looking outwards. In the words of Roger Deakin, ‘I grew convinced that following water, flowing with it, would be a way of getting under the skin of things, of learning something new’.

The project uses this journey as the central structure to anchor, inspire and organise the artworks. I have always enjoyed the experience of movement creating some kind of visual form, so this concept is always present in my work in one way or another. The artworks have a strong physical relationship with the Lake, and the aesthetics are built around waterlines and large areas of colour washes that have been soaked into the skin of the canvas and crossed by many lines and routes.

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