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NICK SCHLEE¬† PAINTINGS
NEWS MAY - JUNE 2018
' The subject of my painting must excite me.
¬†The task then is to paint in a way that will create a similar
excitement in who ever sees the picture.
¬† Colour, rhythm and energetic brushwork are the means.'
Nick Schlee¬† OpenStudios 2018 West Berkshire & North Hampshire
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All works unframed - oil on board
MODERN ARTISTS GALLERY 2018
IN ENGLAND'S GREEN AND PLEASANT LAND
Available Works at Gallery
Its like living near the railway line. After
the first two
hours you just don't see the electric pylons and the
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
Working at 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 spot.
for his dramatic paintings of the English countryside. Nick Schlee presents us
with a glorious artists view of our countryside above Pangbourne in
and sketches by this celebrated artist focus on the historic Ridgeway trail.
This section of national trail meanders 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.
Schlee 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.
paintings are painted with immense vigour and intuition, perfectly capturing in
each painting the scale of our'green and pleasant' and complex landscapes'.
Schlee lives and paints from his studio in Upper Basildon, Berkshire, where he
lives with his wife Anne Schlee,the award winning English novelist.
Schlee Paintings from 1987 - 2008
Schlee Drawings from 1958 - 2010
Schlee Three Aspects of Landscape 2015
Schlee Drawing to Painting 2016 - available at Modern Artists Gallery