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NICK SCHLEEÂ PAINTINGS
'The subject of my painting must excite me.
Â The task then is to paint in a way
that will create a similar excitement in who ever sees the picture.
Â Colour, rhythm and energetic
brushwork are the means'
Its like living
near the railway line. After the first two
hours you just
don't see the electric pylons because the beautifulcountryside
just dominates everything. Our house hasn't a view so I have to go out to look
for subjects to paint.
Being lazy I
usually go by car taking oil pastels and an A3 spirally bound smooth cartridge
pad. I stop when something strikes me. It is usually because of the colour. I
back up until I've got the view in my sights. Sometimes I get out and draw on
the car bonnet as a support but often I just look through an open window with
the crayons on the passenger seat.
speed I try to capture the elements that are the essential components that make
the scene worth recording. I leave out detail but am careful about getting
everything in the right place. I work from the sketches in my studio to paint
the large oils. My aim is to make them look as if they were painted on the
his dramatic paintings of the English countryside. Nick Schlee presents us with
a glorious artists view of our countryside above Pangbourne in Berkshire.
sketches by this celebrated artist focus on the historic Ridgeway trail. This
section of national trailmeanders through open downland to
the west of the River Thames, and through secluded valleys and woods in The
Chilterns to the east, following the same route used since prehistoric times by
travellers, herdsmen and soldiers.
paintings provide an opportunity to see the artist's progress from en plein air
studies which provide the catalyst for the large studio paintings, which vary
in size and complexity. What they all share is a passionate response to the
landscape and a charming evocation of rural idyll in the rolling hills and
hidden hamlets of the Chilterns.
immense vigour and intuition, perfectly capturing in each painting the scale of
our green and pleasant and complex landscapes.
lives and paints from his studio in Upper Basildon, Berkshire, where he lives
with his wife Anne Schlee the award winning English novelist.
Paintings from 1987 - 2008
Drawings from 1958 - 2010
Three Aspects of Landscape 2015
Drawing to Painting 2016 - available at Modern Artists Gallery