Inshaw’s stories at Sladers Yard

DAVID Inshaw’s Dorset and Wiltshire Stories, prints and drawings, are on view online at Sladers Yard, West Bay, until 8th May.

The collection includes stunning black and white etchings and coloured aquatints, rare and collectable artist’s proofs and final copies of small editions, illustrating Inshaw’s lifetime of occasional, experimental and brilliant print-making with three remarkables tree drawings.

From 1966-75 Inshaw taught painting and print-making at the West of England College of Art, Bristol, and throughout his career, he has enjoyed periods of the collaborative process of printmaking. This exhibition brings together all the prints that he has available to buy. The earliest date back to 1986 and have not been seen for many years.

His Wiltshire Landscapes series from 1989-92 are some of his most Romantic works of art. Inspired by Samuel Palmer, one of Inshaw’s heroes, they tap into a sense of the spirit of the English countryside. In 1994 he revisited Silbury Hill, the oldest prehistoric mound in Europe, a site that has always fascinated him and which he has painted many times.

Other works in the exhibition include bonfire etchings from his years in Wales, and two cricket paintings. Cricket has always been a passion – the team he belonged to, mostly of poets, musicians and writers, used to come and play at Little Bredy cricket ground, near Bridport, every year.

Each of his three vast tree portraits, the oak, the willow and the sycamore, completed between 2016 and 2019, are awe-inspiring celebrations.

Pictured: Willow Tree, pencil on paper; Silbury Sunrise, aquatint.