Acclaimed British Landscape Artist Michael Honnor has spent the last year travelling the length & breath of the British Isles, almost like a pilgrim, painting the many places, natural features and weather patterns that are so dear to his heart; from the National Parks of Scotland, the Coastal Areas of England and the ‘wilds’ of Wales, he has even gone as far as the Island of Corsica.
Creating 30 new artworks for his show entitled “Feeling the Place”, Michael has again pushed the barriers of material and process by creating wonderous works on Linen, Paper and Aluminium.
As Dr. Jenny Pery writes in her short essay for the show:
“Michael Honnor has been painting outdoor landscapes since childhood, but the thrill of the challenge has never left him. He looks for places that seem to correspond with an inner conception, and tries to use his brushes and sticks of charcoal with the speed and poise of a dancer.”
Michael Honnor was born in 1944 and grew up on the edge of Dartmoor, Devon, where his instinctive connection with the landscape was forged.
He left Devon to read English at Oxford and then painting at Hornsey College and Byam Shaw School of Art. In 1978 he returned to live and paint on the edge of the Erme Valley, Dartmoor and it was at this time that he also set up the celebrated print workshop at Dartington Hall, where he continues to be Director & Tutor.
Michael Honnor latest solo exhibition, "Feeling the Place", opens at the Thackeray Gallery, London on Tuesday 7 June at 6pm.
‘I like the idea that the speed and urgency of the light and weather can be held still and on a point of balance, like a pause in a dance, and that somewhere in the painting there is a centre or knot where the lines of movement form what feels like a cipher of speed and stillness.