Popular painter Neville Fleetwood's landscapes return to Yorkshire in Harrison Lord show

By Ben Miller | 03 September 2012 | Updated: 30 September 2012

A photo of a painter standing next to a bright landscape oil painting while smiling
Neville Fleetwood with one of his landscapes.© Harrison Lord Gallery

Exhibition: Neville Fleetwood, Harrison Lord, Brighouse, September 1-30 2012

“We were staying in a B&B and a girl who was also staying there was painting,” recalls Neville Fleetwood, pinpointing the origins of his infatuation with the rolling Yorkshire landscapes he has spent much of his life portraying to uplifting effect.

“It fascinated me. I just decided it was something I’d like to try.”

Four years later, he enrolled at the Art School in his native Huddersfield. And after winning the affections of collectors across the country during the decades which followed, he won the President’s prize and became a full member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Oil 15 years ago.

His signature is one of vibrancy and still life paintings in abstract. But for an artist who makes hills and fields brighter and more vivid to those who love them, he’s also surprisingly keen to avoid being too direct.

“Painting from life doesn’t work for me,” he explains.

“I get too bogged down in the detail, in getting it right. I need to break away from what I see. It loosens the process up for me.”

Bright colours and thick applications in brush and palette knife abound in this show,  including more than 40 new canvasses.

  • Harrison Lord, Bradford Road, Brighouse. Open 9am-5pm (closed Sunday). Admission free.

More pictures:

A photo of a still life painting of fruits and vases of flowers on a table in bright colours
© Harrison Lord Gallery
An image of a landscape painting of fields under a blue sky in vivid pastoral oil colours
© Harrison Lord Gallery
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