Neil Davies
Neil Davies - Come Rain or Shine
16th July to 29th August 2016

 

Neil Davies - Come Rain or Shine This collection of paintings represents my response to the ever-changing elemental forces which dominate the Cornish weather, affecting the landscape in so many different ways.

My work revolves around the changing seasons and weather patterns, and as a result I am acutely aware of the subtle changes which nature can have on the surrounding landscape: through my paintings I attempt to edit and interpret this into art.

While out walking the landscape, whether in driving rain, high winds or bright sunlight, I seek to immerse myself in nature. My paintings are an emotional reaction to these encounters with the elements, a visceral response to fleeting glimpses of the effects of nature on the bare bones of the landscape.

The light and the sky change constantly: with the seasons, the time of day - dawn, midday, dusk - or an approaching storm.

The hedgerows and heathland are in a constant state of flux - gorse, heather, bracken, wild flowers all come and go, vegetation turns from lush green to rusts and ochres. In high winds the exposed blackthorn and gorse writhe in twisted shapes, often eventually remaining that way. Then the sun breaks through, the sea is covered in sparkling light, and there is a subtle change in colours and shades. A lump of granite can be a dark, brooding hulk of grey, and suddenly it becomes alive with sparkling quartz.

With all today's distractions - technology, virtual worlds, appoint- ments and deadlines, it is easy to lose contact with the natural world, and I hope that these paintings will act as a reminder, and restore that connection.

Neil Davies, July 2016



Neil Davies
A Dusting of Snow, Lower Porthmeor
122 x 165 cms
Penwith artist Neil Davies paints the ever changing beauty of the Cornish landscape. With broad strokes and a palette of deep colours, he captures the endless flux of Penwith's cliffs, hedgerows and heathland, following the seasons as wild flowers, gorse, heather and bracken come and go, as vegetation turns from lush green to rust and ochre and ocean colours change from pale silver to deep purple under ominous skies.

'The hamlet of Lower Porthmeor, not far from Zennor. Brief snowfall this morning, melting now, colours showing through the white. Carn Galver brooding, dark and menacing, and above it the dark clouds gather again. Too warm now for snow - suspect the rain is coming to wash it all away.'
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