David Inshaw became a well-known painter in the 70’s, his iconic landscapes with obscure formations create a paradise through paint. I love his English countryside depictions, they are created with his own rich personal memories and associations creating a landscape true to him.
Although Inshaw’s art is based on observation of the real world, he brings to it a highly personal interpretation. Private experience is rendered timeless and universal by conjuring the particular character of the English landscape through a combination of many observed moments, distilled and translated into a new unity.
“He is a great pastoral painter and visionary, that rare kind of artist who appears perhaps once or twice in a generation and illumines the world in a new way – for those who are prepared to look.”
Inshaw’s landscapes are represented with great originality and show the English landscape from an avant-garde perspective, which subsequently rewarded him with widespread recognition. His landscapes are more popular than his figurative nudes, the most famous of his landscapes being’The Badminton Game’, painted in 1972-3 and is acquired by the Tate Gallery, one of the most enduringly popular images in the museum’s collection.
I personally love his dark sky landscapes, they are mythical and make question them. He paints his landscape formations with curvaceous shape, the effective shadowing in his paintings creates a real yet strange perspective.
His work influences me to create a landscape which holds a sense of ambiguity, the unknown. A landscape that is seen through a car window is a continuous movement, a long landscape with glimpses of scenes as your eyes focus on one. In order to capture this strange experience of the landscape through car window would be to use the theme of magic-realism. Something which David Inshaw uses in his own landscape.
David Inshaw. Silbury Hill on a Starry Night