Jake Attree - The Spirit of the North Exhibition

Jake Attree: An Artist’s visit to Ryedale

Jake Attree presents an exhibition inspired by time spent in and around Ryedale. ‘I want the paintings, oil pastels and drawings in this exhibition to have a sense of the places that inspired them,’ he writes, ‘whether York, the landscape around Welburn, the River Derwent at Malton, or a view across the Howardian Hills from Pickering Castle. Completely dependent on the subject whilst simultaneously independent of it. A celebration of Paul Cézanne’s idea that art is “a harmony that runs parallel to nature” and full of a sense of what it feels like to spend time in North Yorkshire.’ 

Born in York in 1950, Attree attended the Art School there in the late 1960s, going on to Liverpool College of Art on what was then the Diploma in Art & Design (DipAD) course, and later to the Royal Academy Schools to do Post-Graduate Studies.  In 1987, he and his wife returned to Yorkshire, moving to the World Heritage village of Saltaire.  He has a studio in Dean Clough, Halifax and exhibits regularly both nationally and internationally.  His work is held by numerous private and public collections in Britain and abroad. 

This current exhibition deals primarily with images of Ryedale, the exceptions being a pen and ink drawing of Hope Farm, very close to where Attree now lives, and also the oil pastel of York Minster from the Bar Walls, in memory of Dr Richard Shephard, late Chair of the Ryedale Festival.

Drawing is fundamental to his practice; it is, he has said “How I explain the world to myself, wordlessly.” 

He is represented internationally by David Messum Fine Art and Messums Wiltshire.


Exhibition Opening Times

Tue, Wed, Fri: 10am-3pm

Thu & Sun: 11am-3pm

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