Frank Armstrong's pen and ink drawings on show at Yorkshire Dales Countryside Museum

By Ruth Hazard | 11 April 2012
A pen drawing of cliffs and the sea
One of Frank Armstrong's drawings from his travels in Yorkshire
Exhibition: Frank Armstrong, Dales Countryside Museum, Yorkshire, until April 29 2012

Roaming artist Frank Armstrong spent days out in North Yorkshire in a caravan with members of his family, drawing the landscapes he saw on his travels.
 
The pen and ink works he completed on these trips are now going on show within the very setting in which the artist produced them more than 60 years ago.

“Some of Armstrong’s finest works in this exhibition were produced on the spot in front of the subject,” says Fiona Rosher, the museum manager.
 
“They show how much can be conveyed with just a line. Sunlight dances around trees, water splashes over rocks and smoke rises over old weathered chimney stacks.

“The complex detail of minster towers is captured, as is the feeling of space and weather on distant hillsides.
 
“While enjoying Frank’s original work, it is worth considering how little many of the views have changed in the 60 years since they were drawn.

“We still have the great empty spaces punctuated by intimate villages, the fine churches, old bridges and flowing rivers and waterfalls which he recorded with such pleasure.”

  • Open 10am-5pm. Admission £4/£3.50 (free for children).

More pictures:

A pen drawing of waterfalls running into a river surrounded by trees

A pen drawing of a Church

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