County’s landscape is captured on canvas

Borderlines by Jules Cadie.
Borderlines by Jules Cadie.

A powerful new exhibition capturing the beauty of the Northumberland landscape has opened at Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum.

Jules Cadie’s display, entitled Edgeways...between Tweed & Tyne, started on Wednesday and runs until Sunday, June 29.

It marks his return to the town nearly 40 years after his first solo exhibition was held in the Bondgate Gallery.

Cadie prides himself on knowing his subject, the Northumberland landscape, inside out.

To provide inspiration, he will not only wander the county’s hills to paint, but he will also stay out all night, in the wild, to capture the ever-changing panorama.

Jane Mann, from the museum, said: “Jules’ work has a strong sense of colour and his use of texture boldly represents the rugged, harsh landscape of our area. People will not be disappointed by this powerful exhibition.”

Although Cadie considers himself to be a painter by trade, he often wanders off into the territory of other media and creative disciplines, including sculpture, digital images and outdoor performance pieces.

His work is concerned with celebrating the margins and interface where nature and culture collide, seeking fragments that remain of past human activity and natural forces.

Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that he chooses to live and work among the landscapes of the North Pennines.

Although he paints mostly in oils, he uses any media that he finds, from natural grounds and pigments to acrylics, from digital imagery to living plants and reclaimed materials.

Cadie was head of art at Berwick’s high school for 13 years, before moving on to working with local authorities around the country in arts and community development.

He became freelance in 1997, combining cultural development with his own practice as an artist, and completed an MA in fine art at Northumbria University in 2009. He is also a regular blogger.

l The museum is open 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday, plus Bank Holiday Mondays. Normal admission applies. For more information, call 01665 605847 or visit the website.