KEITH GRANT: THE NEW ENGLISH SERIES

'The mood and mystery of the English landscape is not lessened for me by the impact of human existence within it but rather assumes a unique reality as a result.
 
The patterns of the past still feature strongly in the British countryside creating in combination with hills, fields, woods, roads and dwellings a 21st century visual richness.

Revisiting during the last two years the landscapes which inspired me as a student, in the 50's and early 60's, I have been surprised by how little seems to have changed. Indeed, in some instances nature seems to have re-established a deeper wildness and fecundity.
 
The lakes, ponds, rivers and streams are scintillatingly woven into the wide contemporary tapestry of the English countryside reflecting the fitful light of the seasons. In the countless stretches of still water nature is as if narcissistically a mirror image of itself and everywhere the scene is punctuated by the animated presence of birds, animals and plants in the natural immanence of their being.
 
Paradoxically, I feel time protecting its own history by the slow erosion of the visual evidence of the past and that this leaves a palpable yet uncanny vacuum behind the details of the land observed and studied. So there remains independent of reality a sense of place and a deeply mythic intensity of mood incapable of rational explanation but which I believe might be expressed as the essence of the "Englishness" I am attempting to realise in the New English Series of small paintings.'

Keith Grant, Gvarv, March 2017

THE HOVERING CLOUD (DERBYSHIRE) by KEITH GRANT

THE HOVERING CLOUD (DERBYSHIRE)

THE RIVER VER, AUTUMN by KEITH GRANT

THE RIVER VER, AUTUMN

WHITE IN THE MOON THE LONG ROAD LIES by KEITH GRANT

WHITE IN THE MOON THE LONG ROAD LIES

ON WENLOCK EDGE, RAIN AT THE GATED WOOD by KEITH GRANT

ON WENLOCK EDGE, RAIN AT THE GATED WOOD

TRIPTYCH OF THE SUN, THE MOON AND THE STAR by KEITH GRANT

TRIPTYCH OF THE SUN, THE MOON AND THE STAR

THE DARK RIVER, VERULAMIUM by KEITH GRANT

THE DARK RIVER, VERULAMIUM

COMMOTION OVER URICON by KEITH GRANT

COMMOTION OVER URICON

AUTUMNAL FIRE by KEITH GRANT

AUTUMNAL FIRE

THE APPLE TREE, THE HEDGE, THE HILL FORT AND THE CLOUD by KEITH GRANT

THE APPLE TREE, THE HEDGE, THE HILL FORT AND THE CLOUD

THE FALCON AND THE DOVE AT VERULAMIUM by KEITH GRANT

THE FALCON AND THE DOVE AT VERULAMIUM

REMAINS OF AN AMPHITHEATRE, AUTUMN by KEITH GRANT

REMAINS OF AN AMPHITHEATRE, AUTUMN

THE BLACKBIRD AND THE KESTREL, HEREFORD by KEITH GRANT

THE BLACKBIRD AND THE KESTREL, HEREFORD

THE WATERLOGGED LANE by KEITH GRANT

THE WATERLOGGED LANE

ALLEGORY OF THE ROBIN AND THE TARGET AT SALTWOOD by KEITH GRANT

ALLEGORY OF THE ROBIN AND THE TARGET AT SALTWOOD

THE LAKE IN THE WEST by KEITH GRANT

THE LAKE IN THE WEST

THE ALLEGORY OF THE OWL AND THE WELL by KEITH GRANT

THE ALLEGORY OF THE OWL AND THE WELL

A SUDDEN GUST OF WIND NR HAY ON WYE by KEITH GRANT

A SUDDEN GUST OF WIND NR HAY ON WYE

NEW MOON, VALE OF CEIRIOG by KEITH GRANT

NEW MOON, VALE OF CEIRIOG

THE CLIPPED HEDGE, HEREFORDSHIRE by KEITH GRANT

THE CLIPPED HEDGE, HEREFORDSHIRE

ROAD IN NORTH WALES (SNOWDONIA) by KEITH GRANT

ROAD IN NORTH WALES (SNOWDONIA)

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