The Sight & Insight Podcast

Art on the Other Side of the Pond

October 15, 2018

Greetings, Art Lovers, from Leeds, England. Judy is visiting family, while David is holding the fort in Gloucester. Connie is footloose, fancy free and painting up a storm. Hopefully, the three of them will be able to gather around the 🎤 before long to entertain you once again with some pithy comments on the art scene, past and present.

Judy, meanwhile, isn’t letting the grass grow under feet while she is away, and recently spent a day at the Yorkshire Sculptue Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, Yorkshire. Here are some of her favorite views.

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Henry Moore, Three Piece Recling Figure No. 1, 1961-2  Photo © Jonty Wilde

And then there was the work of Italian sculptor, Giuseppe Penone:

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Albero folgorato, 2012 Photo © Jonty Wilde

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Luce e ombra, 2014  Photo © Jonty Wilde

“Penone is mostly remembered for his role in the Arte Povera movement, a fairly short-lived affair of the late 1960s and early 1970s that flourished in Italy and set out to disrupt the values of commercialised markets. It took its name (translated literally as “poor art”) from a typical use of such humble materials as soil, burlap sacking or lumps.”

- https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/exhibition-review-giuseppe-penone-a-tree-in-the-wood-at-yorkshire-sculpture-park-wakefield-bk3rgz2t8

YSP is a wonderful place to visit. The grounds are extensive, and the views are terrific. Creativity in the Yorkshire countryside. What more could you ask for?!

Nor should we forget the painters. YSP has also hosted exhibitions by celebrated modernists such as Joan Miró, (1893-1983) the Spanish Catalan painter.

Another painter Judy has come across, while visiting the historic Saltaire Mills complex, is artist Fred Stead.

Frederick (Fred) Stead (1863 – 1940) was born in Shipley and lived for the latter part of his life at Ghyllwood Drive, Bingley. He painted mainly portraits and local landscapes.

He studied art, initially at the Saltaire Art School in Shipley and was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art. He gained a Travelling Scholarship that took him to Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France to study.

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Fred Stead, A Picnic, o/c, 25 x 30, pc.

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Baildon Green, Saltaire, Yorkshire, o/c, 18 x 25 ½, pc

And last but not least, Judy’s favorite Fred Stead, A View of Richmond Castle, West Yorkshire, where her grandfather was born at the beginning of the last century.

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 O/c, 19 ¾ x 23 ½, pc.

The art of the landscape is something to be enjoyed, no matter where you are, and the delight of visiting new, or favorite, places can open your eyes to so many new works and painters.

Until, next time,

Cheers,

David, Judy and Connie

 “Art enables us to find ourselves, and lose ourselves, at the same time.” - Anonymous