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Famous Artists Hailing From The Lake District

Art is a common thread that ties a lot of our ideas and hopes together in a coherent thread. Often art is the only common thread amongst different people that ties them together. 

It is only natural that will all the beauty that is the lake district, the art scene is also an important part of the history of this place. Artists eventually come and live here wanting a part of idealistic lifestyle. The inspiration that you can attain from the surroundings help as well. Cumbria is a scenic wonderland, At times the whole process can even get a little overwhelming. 

But all of that is precisely It is a little difficult to leave Cumbria once you reach there. 

If you are an art aficionado, there are two ways you can enjoy the place, one by either painting yourself or the other by tracing the footsteps of some of the greats who at one point or another have lived or continue to live here.

If you are making your way here, just get yourself a car rental Cumbria to whizz about the whole county.  Here are the artists that you can look up to for inspiration when trying to portray the beauty that is Cumbria. 

Percy Kelly 

There is a statement that is often made about Percy Kelly is the guy who knew how to hold a pencil before he even knew how to walk. His work is linear, graphic and simple. 

In the 1960s he first came into prominence with the Cumbrian hills and cornish harbours made with charcoal. But Kelly was a difficult person; paranoid, hypochondriac, self-destructive and narcissistic. This never made survival in the art world difficult.  He died in self-exile in 1993. 

It was not that he was unaware of his talent. He secretly sent out collections to his friends and family for safekeeping and then conveniently forget about it. Some dating back all the way to the 50s.                        

In 1970 Percy Kelly relocated but the truth is his heart always belonged to Cumbria. 

He was also a prolific letter writer and through his letters, it is pretty evident that he endemic loneliness and depression followed him around for a very long time.       

William Gershom Collingwood 

William was not born in Cumbria but was introduced to the Lake district very very early when he accompanied his father on sketching excursions. 

An academic through and through, he started out at Oxford where he was a pupil of John Ruskin. Later he settled in Gilthead, Windermere.

His major contribution came in the form of his research into the Pre-Norman Crosses of Cumbria and the North of England. He was the driving force behind the creation of  Ruskin Museum. That first began as an exhibition after the death of John Ruskin. 

As a resident of Coniston village, he was revered as an artist, writer and antiquarian. His book “The lake counties “ is as the “grandest prose writing about the Lake District in existence.”

Additionally, he is also the designer of the Coniston War Memorial, a Celtic Cross, near the south porch of St Andrew’s Church.  

Sheila Fell 

Landscape painter Sheila Fell is another resident of the county of Cumbria. Even though her place of residence for the longest time was London. Most of her career-best landscapes were portrayals of her place of birth i.e. Aspatria, Cumberland. 

The cumber landscape was her influence, theme as well as the inspiration. Her paintings were not the happy romantic pictures that you expect from a landscape painter, 

Instead, her paintings are a mix of melancholy oils of a living landscape, along with looming clouds or brooding mountains. Colors were never the focus of her painting but rather the tone was the thing to take care of. She also showed influences of Cezanne, Auerback and Van Gogh in her work. 

Art is our history personified and Cumbria ensures that these artists are front and centre at all the places that display art. Cumbria is a place to escape to, at the same time it is also the place where you go to gain your inspiration. These artists definitely understood the quality of Cumbria. You should try it out as well.

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