PETER SYMONDS | Burgh Island from Bantham, Devon
56 x 91 cms / 22" x 36"
Oil on Canvas
"Bantham Beach is a deservedly popular and expansive beach hemmed in by the Avon Estuary to one side and low panoramic cliffs to the other. Backed by some beautiful sand dunes as well as a magnificent vista out to Burgh Island in the distance, Bantham ticks many boxes for the landscape artist. Because it is a long, gently shelving beach, at low tide there are always beautiful effects of the water reflecting on the wet sand amongst dark seaweed-covered rocks, and these all combine with the outstanding view to make this one of my favourite destinations on the south coast of Devon.
In recent years, I have made several visits out of season without friends and family, and it has a very different feel to high summer when there can be so many visitors. On this occasion I had decided to plan a visit for later in the afternoon to do a painting 'a contre jour', and reap the effects of the lowering sun glimmering over the sea and highlighting the tops of the rocks. I was incredibly lucky to have a beautiful sky as it is this that holds the key to creating a good atmosphere. The pale salmon- pink light that lay between the horizon and the darker blue-grey clouds above made a lovely foil to the light viridian sea below." - Peter Symonds
- As one of Britains leading landscape artists, Peter Symonds is undeniably a master at capturing the scale and awe of dramatic landscape vistas. Whether it is a spectacular panorama of the Scottish Highlands, the dramatic high cliffs of the Devon and Cornwall coast or the jagged rocks and ice fields of the Alps, the range within his oeuvre is extensive.Peter is passionate about the landscape in every way, through hiking, camping and exploring the scenes he depicts, his work is not merely a subject for him but a reflection of the very person he is. In braving the most severe of conditions at inhospitable times, Peter is able to find truly breathtaking scenes that stimulate him to craft his exceptional paintings, allowing us the viewers, a glimpse into what this beautiful world can really offer.
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