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Painting, National Park, 2007-2011, Martin Greenland (1962–)

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This painting explores major themes in Martin Greenland’s art. National Park is inspired by the landscape around Coniston in the Lake District and the Shap area but it is not a topographic image of these places. Inspired by his frequent walks Greenland returns to his studio to paint about what he encounters. Landscape changed by man is a theme which runs through his work. In this painting Greenland reacted to the unexpected application of paint on the canvas. A reservoir, disused railway line, forestry, phone mast, Second World War pill box and quarry emerged. These manmade features could be seen as the environmental headaches of the National Park but it is not intended to be a political painting. Greenland repainted the grey sky in 2011.

Martin Greenland is one of Cumbria’s most important contemporary painters. He lives and works in the Lake District and has a national reputation for his work. Greenland was born in Marsden, Yorkshire, but has lived in Cumbria since 1985. He obtained a First Class Degree in Fine Art (Painting) at Exeter College of Art in 1985. In 2006 he was awarded first prize at the John Moores exhibition in Liverpool. He has exhibited regularly in the UK since 1985.

Key facts: 
  • Martin Greenland creates imagined landscape scenes inspired by the landscapes of Cumbria and the National Park
  • He also includes items of human influence on the landscape, including telegraph wires, pylons and reservoirs. These are normally considered to spoil natural landscapes

Curator: Melanie

Fine and Decorative Art

I’m responsible for the art collections in the museum which cover fine art (paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sculpture) dating from 1650

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