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Ice works make cool display

THE coolest art exhibition in the Lakes this summer opens on Saturday.

ICE SAGE A piece from Phil Entwistle’s Shaped By Icesubmitted

Shaped By Ice comes to Brantwood, near Coniston, showcasing the latest work of Phil Entwistle.

The Yorkshire-based artist had his very first solo exhibition at the gallery in 2010, which proved to be a huge success, selling a large amount of work and receiving fantastic feedback on the quality and detail of his paintings. This latest exhibition will feature a substantial section of work inspired by the Lake District, as well as work painted in other regions.

Phil is an artist fascinated by rock forms and geology. He said: “For me as a landscape painter, the word ‘landscape’ is a problem. For centuries, artists have painted views of picturesque valleys or sublime rocky peaks. The genre is so familiar that it’s almost invisible as we pass over it looking for something more interesting.

“So a major challenge is to recover the freshness and impact of seeing the Earth’s surface as if for the first time. I try to ignore what I know – or think I know – and see it not as a place, but as a physical object. To focus on the ‘object’ rather than the ‘view’, I usually select vertical faces – mountain or coastal cliffs – as subjects for painting, and eliminate sky from the image.”

The works see experimentation with paint, oil and ink, using gravity, tilt and flow rather like the processes that form the landscape itself. This is very much in the spirit of John Ruskin, the former owner of Brantwood, who Phil counts as one of his inspirations.

Shaped By Ice will be on display until October 26 in the Severn Studio at Brantwood daily, from 10.30am until 5pm, and admission is included in the house or garden ticket.

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