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The Magpie by Lee Tiller [2020]


Oil on stretched canvas

Image size: H:70 cm x W:70 cm

Complete Size of Unframed Work: H:70 cm x W:70 cm x D:2cm

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In this painting, 'The Magpie’ Lee Tiller has used a summery palette of colours, ranging from rich greens and violets to bright yellow greens and cobalt blues, and in the haystack the shadows contain a variety of warm purples and russets. He paints in the same tradition as the original impressionists, painting an immediacy that recreates the sensation of experiencing a moment in time. Hidden with the brushstrokes are myriad colours that often surprise and confound, yet viewed as a whole, form a harmonious effect similar to musical expression. Having developed a reputation for painting the effects of light, Lee’s work has often been mentioned alongside the works of the original French Impressionists, employing broken colour to create beautiful chromatic harmonies. Like Monet and Pissarro, Tiller reveals as much with colour within the shadows as you would expect to find in the full radiance of reflected sunlight. "The Magpie" will make a wonderful and calming centre piece for any living space or office. Viewers will immediately recognise the motif of the grainstack from Monet's work, and in this painting Lee has incorporated a solitary Magpie as a wink towards this great master impressionist. See if you can find him.

Lee was born in Berkshire in the UK and now lives and paints amidst the mountains of County Kerry in Ireland. His studio, “the yellow house” which is adjacent to his home is an old converted bothy (small traditional barn) that overlooks a glacial valley known locally as ‘The Pocket’. Lee says… “I draw immense inspiration from the West Coast of Ireland. Its untamed beauty provides endless contrasts to our otherwise orderly state of human existence. The natural majesty of the mountains with their dramatic terrain often leave an unsettled air of intimidation, but can conversely serenade you with a calming gentleness too. It is a magical place indeed.” “I have long been inspired by the 19th Century impressionist painters who explored colour in a way that was hitherto unseen. The immediacy of impressionism provides the viewer with their own intimate experience of place and time, and is very much a case of show, but don’t tell. I love that people can interpret my paintings in a personal capacity. “ On more than one occasion Lee’s work has been likened to Monet and Van Gogh, and it’s easy to see where his major influences lie. Lee’s paintings are collected worldwide and can be found in private collections throughout both hemispheres. Painting in oils, his artistic works cover a diverse range of natural history subjects from marine wildlife through to wild chromatic impressionist landscapes. For more information on Lee Tiller's works please contact Deborah Allan at

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