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Art Exhibition sees Spurn ‘head inland’

Tuesday 20th June 2017

Artist Larry Malkin pictured with his paintings inspired by Spurn Artist Larry Malkin pictured with his paintings inspired by Spurn

The evocative beauty of the Spurn headland is the inspiration behind a special exhibition at the Triton Gallery on the Sledmere Estate near Driffield, running until Sunday 25th June.

“Artists cannot fail to be inspired by Spurn’s wild, moody atmosphere where the light and land are constantly changing"

The exhibition, 'Surf and Spray, Images of Spurn', is a celebration of a successful season of ‘art safaris’ held on Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Spurn National Nature Reserve by Heritage Officer Andrew Mason and the 2016 resident artist, Larry Malkin.

The collection includes the work of over 20 artists, ceramicists and jewellery makers from East Yorkshire, focussing mainly on the Spurn area, Humber region and the Yorkshire Coast. Among the groups represented are Driffield Art Club, East Riding Artists and Hornsea Art Group.

Larry, from Welwick in East Yorkshire, has worked over many months out of Spurn Lighthouse, recently renovated by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, capturing the wildly changing moods and history of this unique peninsula in paint and sculpture.

He noted: “Artists cannot fail to be inspired by Spurn’s wild, moody atmosphere where the light and land are constantly changing.

“This dynamic quality is reflected in many of the works on display, some of which have been completed on site and others in the studio. Works are in a wide variety of media and sizes, which reflects how the peninsula affects people in different ways.”

One of the intentions of the staff at the reserve is to form a school of art based on Spurn and its wildlife, very much like the artists that worked around Staithes in the Nineteenth century.

As Larry explained: “If Staithes could inspire artists all those years ago, think what Spurn can do today. This finger of sand and gravel stretches out precociously into the cold North Sea, daring the elements to sweep it away. It should not be here. The battle between the tides, wind and storm should have carried it away years ago, but still the Point continues to rudely stand there.

"Artists have attempted to portray this conflict in the exhibition, which features Spurn in all its moods and tempers.”

To attend the art exhibition contact the Triton Gallery on 01377 236637 or email info@sledmerehouse.comAcrylic by Larry Malkin