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Lionel Playford

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He has been involved in a broad range of art practice and teaching since then and took time out in 1997-1999 to study for a Masters Degree in Fine Art at Newcastle University. This included an important period at the Cleveland Institue of Art in Cleveland Ohio, USA.Lionel currently lives and works in the upland village of Garrigill, near Alston in the Cumbrian North Pennines where he farms and hunts the hills,valleys and skies of upper Tynedale, Weardale and Teesdale for painting ideas. His current practice involves drawing on location with found materials such as peat, clay, shale and soil and producing imaginative evocations in paint of his experiences of the landscape be they from driving through it or walking in it.In 2007 he designed and built a large studio and gallery/office as an extension to the house called Rose House Studio in order to make the creative life more efficient and productive and to reduce his carbon footprint from driving. The studio has 2 large windows facing Rotherhope Fell just 8 miles on the Pennine Way from the summit of Cross Fell, the highest point in the North Pennines.Current work is an exploration of the contemporary landscapes of the North Pennines and the northern Lake District with its jets, delivery vans, ruins of long closed mines and struggling sheep farms. This is a managed landscape like most of Britain as a look at Google Earth quickly demonstrates, with a history going back to the Romans and beyond, but when you are up in the Access Lands it feels closer to the wild than most.Current exhibition is at The Village Bakery, Melmerby, Cumbria in the Vale of Eden alongside artist in residence Christina Mingard.In addition to drawing and painting, Lionel teaches fine art with Sunderland University, Higham Hall College in the Lake District and with a variety of organisations including schools, art clubs, youth groups and Killhope Mining Museum in Weardale.
He has been involved in a broad range of art practice and teaching since then and took time out in 1997-1999 to study for a Masters Degree in Fine Art at Newcastle University. This included an important period at the Cleveland Institue of Art in Cleveland Ohio, USA.Lionel currently lives and works in the upland village of Garrigill, near Alston in the Cumbrian North Pennines where he farms and...
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Lionel Playford