THE ART OF LANDSCAPE
Artist Katharine Holmes is pictured after walking out from her home in Malham in North Yorkshire, climbing above Malham Cove to continue one of her paintings. She has a new exhibition at the Mercer Gallery in Harrogate which opens today.
ARTIST CONSTANCE Pearson was a familiar figure around Malham, often pitching up with her easel to paint some new landscape. Now her granddaughter Katharine Holmes, who inherited her creative genes, has retraced her steps for a new exhibition.
Ms Holmes, whose mother Philippa was also an artist, was commissioned by Harrogate’s Mercer Art Gallery to make new work for a series of exhibitions on art and landscape.
Over the last few months she has been on a voyage of discovery, visiting the places her grandmother went to paint, not only in Yorkshire, where she also has a studio, but further afield to Cornwall.
She said: “People look at the landscape in the Dales and think that they are looking at an unchanged natural world, but of course they are not. This area has been occupied and farmed for centuries, with each generation adding to and taking away from the land in the ways that they lived on it.
“People may also be deceived into thinking that the Dales are just as they were in the 19th century, but they would be wrong. The greatest difference now is the intrusion of sound. I’ve got an app on my phone that tracks planes as they fly over Malhamdale where I live to and from Leeds Bradford Airport.”
Constance was fond of the Yorkshire coast and Ms Holmes’ new collection also features scenes inspired by Sandsend, Staithes and Runswick Bay.
She added: “Local people who look at my paintings are all aware of the beauty of the land. They have an all-consuming interest in their surroundings and they notice everything – wildlife, flowers – because they are in tune with nature.” Katharine Holmes: In Grandmother’s Footsteps runs
Artist Katharine Holmes in her home studio with a painting of Malham Cove. CREATIVE GENES:
LIE OF THE LAND: Fryupdale, the head of the dale by Katharine Holmes, from her exhibition at the Mercer Gallery.