Item No: A22337
About this item:
Artist: Leonard Evetts (1909-1997)
Title: St Mary’s Lighthouse
Medium: Watercolour on Paper
This is a super watercolour by celebrated British artist Leonard Evetts. The watercolour is quintessential of Evetts works with strong lines delineating important features and wonderfully simple yet atmospheric brush strokes and colours to capture the essence of a scene. The impressionistic style lends an ethereal ambiance to his images, yet for people that have visited the same places they are always instantly recognizable, as he manages to convey the soul of a landscape without being a slave to detail.
St Mary’s lighthouse on St. Mary's Island (also known as Bait Island) in Whitley Bay was built in 1897-8. It ceased to be an active lighthouse in 1984 and by 1994 it had been converted into a natural history museum and visitor centre. The small rocky tidal island is linked to the mainland by a short concrete causeway which is submerged at periods of high tide. While it no longer functions as a working lighthouse, it is easily accessible (when the tide is out) and is open to visitors and has a small museum, a visitor's centre, and a cafe. It was built on the site of a monastery where a small sanctuary light would have acted as a guide to passing ships.
Condition: The painting is in superb condition simply mounted and framed to complement the delicacy of Evetts work. (The glazing will be removed for shipping purposes).
About The Artist : Evetts was born in Newport, Monmouthshire in 1909, the son of a sign painter, who taught Evetts sign writing and sparked a life-long interest. At 18 years of age he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Arts where he studied for 3 years, before taking a scholarship under Edward Johnson studying calligraphy and Martin Travers studying stained glass. He went on to lecture at the College of Art in Edinburgh and then Kings College of Fine Art, Newcastle Upon Tyne, later becoming the head of the department.
Although many of his most notable works were in Glass (completing over 300 windows) and calligraphy (his book ‘Roman Lettering’ went through 8 reprints and established him as an authority in the field), some of his most compelling pieces were in watercolour. He was fascinated with light and shade; the tonal effects of changing weather or time of day. His paintings, as well as stained glass were a patent testament to this interest. To capture in watercolour the atmosphere of a scene meant working rapidly, resulting in airy, softly toned, lightly sketched landscapes that capture the spirit of a place with deft economy.
He completed his last commission - a window for Craster Parish Church - just 10 days before he died