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Piers Browne

Piers, a Shropshire-born lad, acquired a love of drawing and painting in early childhood. After formal art training Piers travelled and painted extensively in Europe and Africa before settling in his adopted North Yorkshire in 1975. His home in Wensleydale, standing at a vantage point 1000 feet above sea level and facing directly onto Addlebrough, a flat topped hill rising out of the glacial landscape, affords amazing panoramic vistas. This inspirational hillside location, with its unbeatable views across Upper Wensleydale with the winding River Ure below, has been a major influence upon Piers’ life and work. The unique light that seems to exist so ravishingly in Wensleydale is something that Piers strives to capture in his work. He is a true colourist and this combination for capturing light, with all its nuances, and colour have produced many exceptional oils and etchings. Piers works from extensive observation and experience of his subjects, his portrayals of his beloved Wensleydale have gained him much recognition as a landscape artist in what could be called a very post-Impressionist tradition. Along the way there have been several books produced, from the magnum opus of ‘The Glorious Trees of Great Britain’, complete with 167 full-colour etchings, to the more frivolous verse of ‘Love in the Aegean’, interspersed with a chord or two of music. Overwhelmingly the desire to capture the beauty of Creation (he is amazed still at our tininess beneath the firmament) around him is what excites Piers the most. It is this that gives Piers his raison d’être. Piers: “God paints: I merely copy, but in a celebratory way. My colours must hum, the eye must be led and this I wish to touch your heart - with my landscape pictures.” This approach must be working as Royal Academician artists Diana Armfield and her husband Bernard Dunstan wrote: "We both admire the wonderful intensity of Piers' vision, and in some of his oils, the handling, the rythmn of the paint marks, make for a strange beauty all of their own......and his etchings are superb." More recently Piers has been keen to develop his seascapes, as they seem to him to be the best way to ally the light of sky to a ‘plain’ on Earth, sea being the obvious ‘plain’. The Greek islands and the Aegean coastline of Turkey have inspired a succession of large oils, predominantly of the sea, with many featuring Piers’ favoured olive tree. There is to be a London showing of Brittany seascapes in June 2013. Piers is currently working to complete the well received major work of ‘The Seasons’, a series of 8 large etchings of Upper Wensleydale, as seen from a single vantage point in each season of the year, both at ‘Dawn’ and at ‘Dusk’. Once again it is the interplay of light and colour, in this instance across the same scene as seen at different times of day and at different times of year, which is being captured, almost time-lapse etching. Piers was chosen as winner of the Great North Art Show 2012 in Ripon Cathedral where he exhibited the ‘Dusk’ suite from ‘The Seasons’ alongside a large landscape oil. The prize was presented by Jenny Agutter. Piers paints with such fervour and pace, such that, the immediacy that working in oil or acrylic affords, suits him very well. This may seem at odds with the many slow, labour-intensive processes involved in producing an etching, but Piers is able to switch with ease to the very precise, patient work that is needed. The multi-talented Piers Browne!

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