An exhibition of unique landscapes depicting the Yorkshire coast and countryside opens at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre next month.
Landlines, by Staithes-based artist and printmaker Ian Mitchell, can be seen in the theatre’s gallery from Monday June 17 to Saturday August 31.
Ian’s unique delineation of the landscape is based on a stripped-down reality and pays homage to early 20th-century travel posters, drawing on the reductive style of German and Swiss design of the same period.
Ian said: “Using my original sketches and photographs, I work digitally to refine and reduce the source material down to minimalist forms and shapes, discarding clutter and using artistic licence. I started this journey about 20 years ago when I began experimenting and utilizing software from my background as a graphic designer.
“I’m always in search of the ‘view’, but looking towards a minimal reductive outcome. For me, it’s all about the design, composition and aesthetics of a view.
“My representation is often cheated and either exaggerated or underplayed, but the interpretation is always based on a reality. The viewer brings their own experiences to the reading of the work.
“My work to date has been routed in the British Landscape tradition of natural scenery. However, I am increasingly drawn to contemporary man-made landscapes: the concrete modernism of architecture, bridges and the sea defences.”
Ian and his wife, fellow artist Stef Mitchell, have a gallery and studio at Staithes.
The gallery is open from 10am to 6pm, Mondays to Saturdays, except during show times.