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Colourful Impressionist Landscapes

 

Why add an Ian Mowforth to your collection? 

With an art career spanning over 30 years, Ian Mowforth’s botanical landscapes have graced dozens of museums and galleries across the country. His attention to light and colour masterfully creates an almost photographic tonality, which saw his work accepted into the prestigious Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2020. His modern style, paired with traditional imagery makes his work complementary to a range of existing collections, whilst bringing a fresh new approach to capturing the natural world.

 

About Ian’s Work 

An interest in light and colour dominates Ian’s large oil paintings. He works in tandem with nature to achieve not only a likeness of his subject, but also to establish a sense of experiencing the landscape too. Ian often returns to locations, and the changes in seasons, lighting, and weather patterns shape the content of his work with each visit. He has explored the landscapes of Yorkshire, London, and East Sussex in his works, and the man made and natural structures within them. Natural greenery brings a joyful freshness to much of Ian’s work, complemented by his colourful treatment of the flora in his paintings. These pops of red, pink, purple, and blue introduce a vibrancy to his landscapes, and establish a sense of the Summer along with his fabrication of warm, glowing sunlight. These works in particular offer a fusion between a modern impressionist style, and the use of more traditional content; hovering somewhere between a Still Life and a Landscape, with the artist’s detailed approach to the natural world. In addition to these summery scenes, No Naked Walls also offers a number of Ian’s large autumnal pieces; rich in cosy warm reds, oranges, and browns, with the turning of the leaves. This includes pieces from his ‘Reflections’ collection, which truly showcases Ian’s proficiency in handling light, shadow, and colour. 

 

Ian works predominantly with large canvases and boards to achieve his paintings, including the use of unusual shapes and sizes. Ian has produced a number of long, narrow, panoramic artworks, to produce unique perspectives of his botanical subjects. Pictorial devices such as pathways are frequently used to invite the viewer to ‘walk’ through the painting. The scale of his images are planned out carefully, and the artist often spends many hours photographing images which may later be used as inspiration. Ian’s emphasis on brushstrokes is central to the completion of the final painting. His work is a fusion of a modern impressionist style with traditional content, which makes for a truly unique body of work. His take on Impressionism, paired with a masterful handling of light and shadow, creates a sense of gentle movement and liveliness within his oil paintings. 

 

Styling Ideas

The seasonal variations in Ian’s work offer a multitude of colour palettes, to suit a range of interiors. His Spring scenes introduce a pop of colour to any interior, and bring a sense of freshness and vibrancy to collections. Meanwhile, Ian’s autumnal scenes largely occupy a more muted palette of blue and orange tones, which appeal to those seeking a darker and more refined artwork. The generous sizing of his paintings effortlessly makes them the perfect statement piece. His panoramic canvases offer a fantastic solution for those seeking to fill awkward spaces on walls, without compromising on the content or quality of their collection.

 

About the artist/trivia

Ian studied for his MA in Fine Art Printmaking at Brighton University, after completing his BA Hons in Fine Art, Painting at the Wimbledon School of Art. The location of the latter has occupied many of Ian’s subsequent works, which drawn upon the landscapes of South West London. Many of these works occupy his Reflections series, which explores how reflections can offer a different viewpoint in a painting. This innovative and exciting approach is found throughout all of his paintings, making for a fresh approach to the age-old landscape painting.