This November leading Northern Artist John Crewe will be showcasing his latest collection in our Stalls Lounge.
Largely self-taught John draws inspiration from the best of modern art and the Old Masters, with a passion for the rugged beauty of the north-eastern coastline as well as the spacious, solid tranquility of the Yorkshire and Cumbrian dales.
We caught up with John ahead of his exhibition on the estate next week and to find out some more about the renowned artist…
So much of your paintings focus on the beauty of the North of England, so where is your favourite location to paint and enjoy your time?
I have always loved the Northumberland coastline, it's rugged, unspoilt and feels a world away from any city. I think it’s one of the North’s best-kept secrets, and I hope it stays that way.
What’s the process for creating one of you collection pieces painting? Do you have a set routine or does it change every painting?
I take a relaxed approach to each painting, I tend to go out and take photos of landscapes and come back to my studio to work out how to get the best from the image. If the weather is conducive, I sketch outside, however living in the North of England the weather can be temperamental! I usually work on five to six paintings at the same time, so I never feel bored or unmotivated with my work.
Where do you find your inspiration?
My inspiration comes primarily in nature, pottering about the Yorkshire countryside or going for a brisk walk along the coastline. I always make sure I have my camera with me.
From your latest collection which piece is your favourite?
My personal favorites from the current collection are the new abstract painting; you can spend a long time looking at them. So many people get a different feeling or perspective from these pieces, which is exactly what I wanted to achieve.
Do the seasons impact what you decide to paint?
Seasons have an impact on the range of colours that I paint with, for example; I’m doing a lot of work with a grey palette at the moment!
What excites you about the Stalls Lounge exhibition?
I think it is a fantastic setting, such a beautiful environment for an exhibition. I’m looking forward to all the visitors getting to view the work in such a stunning space.
When you’re not painting, how do you relax?
I’m a big fan of sports, especially bike riding in the countryside, I play hockey for Richmond and really enjoy going to the gym. Anything active and usually outdoors is perfect for me.
The John Crewe exhibition will showing for two weeks from 30 November to 12 December, from 8am - 9pm every day.
Private View: To launch the exhibition there will also be two private views on Wednesday 30 November from 6pm-11pm and Tuesday 6 December from 12 noon – 6pm