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Simon Palmer Painting the Yorkshire Countryside Part 1

October 14, 2019

Welcome to Monday and another busy week ahead. We begin today with the first of another two-part post to celebrate the inspiring leafy watercolours of Simon Palmer.

Simon Palmer was born in Yorkshire in 1956, and graduated from art school in 1977. He has exhibited extensively since 1980, and held ten one-man exhibitions in London with JHW Fine Art. For me his work has flavours of James McIntosh Patrick, Paul Nash, Eric Ravilious, Samuel Palmer, Stanley Spencer and even a tiny sprinkling of Beryl Cook !

” I fell in love with North Yorkshire during a visit to the county in my teens, says Palmer. On leaving art school I moved as soon as possible to live in the county and it has become my spiritual home ”

Simon’s love of the countryside surrounding his home in Ellingstring in Wensleydale is the dominant theme running throughout his work.

His paintings depict the rural setting, with a quirky and witty take on the Yorkshire Dales. It’s not entirely clear what period his work depicts, but from the clothing his wandering visitors wear, I’d say between 1930 and 1940. Perhaps a quieter time in a simpler world.

The result is a unique interpretation of the landscape or even just a trip around the local village.

“Expression of my deep love for the Yorkshire landscape is portrayed in my pictures”

Simon’s work often leads the viewer deeper into his paintings.

Pathways and people are both familiar themes.

A book, The Art of Simon Palmer was published in 2011.

His exhibitions have been widely reviewed, and previous catalogues have included essays by Alan Bennett, Martin Drury, Tom Flynn, Iain Gale, Lynne Green, Ronald Maddox, Elspeth Moncrieff and Jane Sellars. He has written and illustrated three books, including Pebbles on a Beach. His work is often reproduced as book and magazine covers, or used in calendars, brochures and programmes.

Palmer’s work is held in many private collections in Europe, America, Australia and Japan. Salt’s Mill at Saltaire holds a large collection of his work; other collections include the National Trust, the Council for the Protection of Rural England, Mercer Art Gallery and the Penn Club, London.

Check back in next week for Part 2 of Simon’s post.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2019 12:10 pm

    Very beautiful! Tanks vor sharing.

  2. October 14, 2019 8:39 pm

    That 7th image from the top, the stone bridge over a path, is that a figure in the trees seeming to have dropped a suitcase from the sky? These are lovely and peaceful.

    • October 15, 2019 8:10 am

      Well spotted Joy, yes it is. Plenty in these to keep the eyes and mind occupied I think lol

  3. Gaby permalink
    November 25, 2019 6:22 pm

    I am fascinated by Simon Palmer’s work!
    Do you know if the artist has published books or has prints for sale? I don’t know if I overlooked this information in your blog.
    Thank You! Love Your Blog as well!

    • November 25, 2019 9:51 pm

      Hi Gaby, there are at least two books that I know of, one I think is out of print already and the other is the book of Titus Salt and Simon’s drawings around Salts Mill. If you google them you may find them in the second hand book market online. Happy searching. Craig

    • November 25, 2019 9:53 pm

      If you click the link for Simon’s name in my first post you can contact him through his website and also see his prints for sale. I hope that’s helpful.

  4. Gaby permalink
    November 25, 2019 6:30 pm

    Hello again and apologies.
    The answer is in your first post:
    “A book , ‘The Art of Simon Palmer’ was published in 2011”.

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