‘The Dancing Tree’ is an exhibition by a much admired but rarely exhibited artist, Mike Knowles. Members of the public are invited to attend the exhibition opening on Saturday 23 June at 2pm; this is a free event (no booking required) with a complimentary glass of wine on arrival. Entrance to the exhibition, and to the Whitaker itself, is also free of charge. The Whitaker thanks Terry Mulligan for his contribution to this exhibition; as a long-term collector of Mike’s work he felt passionately that people should have the opportunity to see his art.
With a delight and curiosity in nature, its landscapes and its people, Mike Knowles has developed his style of painting, incorporating his love for traditional techniques with a painterly quality. From his rural landscapes to his portraits and his still life paintings, Mike is a colourist; his wizardry is in the translation of the textures and colour that surround him into his dramatic works of art. His use of texture and the layering of paint capture the wind-lashed contortions of the land, the diagonal hillsides, the bright yellow gorse of spring; he captures crows and gulls that tack against a North Atlantic breeze and the trees that dance in the wind.
This exhibition brings together a selection of works straight from Mike’s studio in rural Anglesey and from Terry’s private collection in Cheshire. Knowles is an artist with classical overtones dating back to the Renaissance period. From his former students to fellow painters and nationally known ex-students, this artist’s exhibition is one not to be missed.