Celebrating our landscape

A View across to Warkworth by Clifford William Blakey.
A View across to Warkworth by Clifford William Blakey.

A new collection of paintings celebrating the Northumbrian landscape is on show now at a north Northumberland gallery.

North East artist Clifford William Blakey’s exhibition Horizon is at The Old School Art Gallery in Alnmouth opened last week and runs until Sunday, April 28.

In the new collection, Clifford takes the viewer on a journey through north Northumberland and his favourite places in this region of contrasts.

He describes it as ‘a journey in paint from flat coastal plains to rolling hills, from sandy dunes to rocky cliffs, from fishing villages to historic castles, from stormy seas to tree-lined rivers’.

Clifford’s techniques, using splashes, grazing, scumbling and scratching, are born from his passion to paint the essence of the Northumbrian landscape and his love of the art of painting.

His paintings have been described as a ‘contemporary take on a very romantic vision’ and this exhibition features scenes from places such as Warkworth, Holy Island and Alnwick Moor.

Clifford, from Whitley Bay, is a Fellow of the International Guild of Artists and a member of the British Watercolour Society.

He was trained at Newcastle University, completing his degree in 1980 and his Master of Fine Art course in 1986.

He has had many solo exhibitions and has shown at the Royal Academy Summer Show, Singer and Friedlander Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and the Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters exhibition in London.

His paintings hang in private collections all over the world.

As well as north Northumberland, he also paints scenes from Scotland, Yorkshire and Cumbria, as well as places he visits, especially Italy and Cyprus.