About this work of Art
Original Mixed Media Painting
Oils and Mixed media on Canvas
Canvas Size: H 50cm x W 50cm x D 2cm
Framed Size: H 55cm x W 55cm x D 5.5cm
Sold Framed in a bespoke, hand painted grey frame
Ancient Pathways is an original mixed media painting by Virginia Ray. Inspired by the landscape of North Yorkshire and the area’s long association with the Monks of Fountains Abbey.
‘Ancient Pathways’ explores how the monks of Fountains Abbey quarried and transported stone across the Nidderdale moors to Fountains Abbey. Texture in the painting is created through the use of stone dust linking the monks and the history of Virginia’s family working with stone in this landscape.
Virginia Ray is interested in landscapes with an historical human intervention. Her process begins with observation and research and is developed with imagination and personal memories. Referencing family photographs and incorporating materials gathered from the land, Virginia seeks to create an interwoven layering of local history, identity, experience and memory. Her creative process is one of building layers, scratching, erasing and then rebuilding. Her multi layered surfaces of paint and mixed media, reference the landscape’s evolution in the memorable places she depicts. As Tacita Dean states, ‘Land is space in which the process of remembrance continues to activate the past.’ Virginia has a BA Hons in History and a MA in Fine Art from UCA Farnham. Virginia’s work has been exhibited in Surrey, Norfolk, London, Yorkshire and Ibiza. Virginia also works as a freelance artist with the Watts Gallery in Compton, Guildford.
- Size : H 55 cm x W 55 cm