About this work of Art
Virginia Ray Shaded Pond 105x105x5.5cm framed
Oils and mixed media on canvas. Contemporary, expressionistic oil painting
Shaded Pond explores the landscape of Fish Pond Wood in Bewerley, Pateley Bridge, Nidderdale and the monks of Fountains Abbey. The woods were originally part of the monastic estate of Fountains Abbey. It isn’t clear if the pond in the woods was made by the monks, in order to give a regular supply of fish to Bewerley Grange (one of Fountains Abbey’s farms) or if the pond was created by a member of the Yorke family. However, we do know that when the monastic community was dissolved, the estate and woods were sold off and it was under the influence of the ‘picturesque movement’ that John Yorke created the woods as seen today.
Fish Pond Wood plays an important role in my childhood memories and is associated with my sense of belonging and identity with this landscape. Interestingly, it is through historic photographs and watercolour paintings made by Mary Yorke in the nineteenth century that we have a good understanding of what this landscape looked like.
Texture in the painting is achieved from mud, scooped up from the pond. Buried in the painting is an old photograph of Mary Yorke. The process of embedding old photos and materials of the land confirms the idea that landscape cannot be a hideaway. It is first and foremost a site of history, a documentation of life that is deeply interwoven with the aspirations and concerns of man.
- Size : H 105 cm x W 105 cm