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Rivertrance (harmony in grey) by Lee Tiller


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Rivertrance (harmony in grey) by Lee Tiller [2021]


Oil on stretched canvas

Image size: H:60 cm x W:80 cm

Complete Size of Unframed Work: H:60 cm x W:80 cm x D:2cm

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The working title for this painting by Lee Tiller was ‘Ecophilia’ which is the suggestion that humans possess an innate desire to connect with nature. An ecophile is a person who is literally "in love" with nature. It’s a label that can easily be attached to Lee and his passion for painting the natural world. In Rivertrance (harmony in grey) he has employed a palette of grey greens, grey purples - soft yellows and blues, and that all sit together as a harmonious and cohesive whole. There are delicately glazed areas of this painting that are so subtly applied, that it almost defies description. When you think you’re familiar with an impressionist painting, look again, look closer still. Tiller paints in the same tradition as the original French impressionists, with an immediacy that recreates the sensation of experiencing a moment in time and place. Hidden with his brushstrokes are colours that often surprise and confound, yet when viewed as a whole, form a harmonious effect similar to the musical expression of a rich resonant chord. Having developed a reputation for painting nature and the effects of light, Lee’s work is often mentioned alongside the great works of Monet and Pissarro. Monet’s influence is especially observable in this piece. Tiller reveals as much with colour within the shadows as you would expect to find in the full radiance of reflected sunlight. ‘Rivertrance (harmony in grey) will make a fine centre piece for any room. It will not compete with other colours but will enhance almost any interior.

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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