20th Century British & Contemporary Art
Castlegate House Gallery

Ian Norris - Tracing the Derwent

7th October, 2014

The catalogues have arrived at the gallery from the printers. We’re surrounded by a mountain of ready-to-go envelopes. This time next week they’ll all be in-transit and a day away from landing on people's hallway carpets (or floorboards if you’re posh). This will be Ian’s second solo exhibition at Castlegate, his first being a sell-out in May of 2013. Ian has quickly become one of the leading lights in the northern contemporary art scene, and in truth is now emerging as one of the foremost contemporary artists within the UK. Tracing the Derwent was Ian’s idea. From its start at Styhead Tarn, to its end on the West Cumbrian Coast, Ian has produced an astonishing series of paintings and charcoal drawings that trace his walk along its banks.

An emailed version of the catalogue will be sent out next week, coinciding with the arrival of the physical catalogue. Anyone wanting a physical version who would normally just receive an electronic copy, just let us know and we can oblige.

This truly is an astounding body of work. Even Ian says it’s the best work he’s ever produced, and being northern, he’s not big on boasting, believe me. Ian is well known and highly respected for his energetic and emotive use of paint, but from these works it’s clear that he’s developing further; his palette is expanding and light and reflection play a more prominent role in composition. As a taster, the image shown here is a great example; Reflection I Borrowdale is a large work, at 47 x 47 inches; almost Monet-esq, it’s just sublime. http://www.castlegatehouse.co.uk/paintings-for-sale/ian-norris/reflections-i-borrowdale/

For anyone wanting an insight into Ian, we produced a video last year to coincide with his first solo exhibition, which can be viewed through this link http://www.castlegatehouse.co.uk/videos/castlegate-house-presents-painter-ian-norris/

All will be fully revealed next week, with the exhibition launch (in physical form) on Saturday 25th October. We’re very much looking forward to it.

Steve and Christine