"The Road West, Hartside", by Lionel Playford, oil on canvas
The Callling, Burnhope Seat", by Lionel Playford; Oil on canvas
Lionel Playford's paintings deal mainly with the landscapes that he knows well and travels through often. These are the north country hills of Vendale described romantically by Charles Kingsley in 'The Water Babies': the North Pennines , north Cumbria , the Cheviot Hills and occasionally the Yorkshire Dales.
Lionel prefers to work with particular places by making drawings on location and then letting his imagination and memory explore these places in the studio as ideas of weather, season and feeling. For him landscape is the mystery of dynamic space and light against a background knowledge gained from history, geology and nature.
Brought up in West Yorkshire in the 60's and 70's, Lionel Playford was always a painter exploring landscape both on foot and through painting. After a fascinating adventure in shipbuilding in the 80's, which took the artist to Tyneside and South Cumbria, Lionel returned to his creative roots in painting and now has a busy studio in the village of Garrigill.
After leaving a career as a Naval Architect, Lionel studied Art and Design at Cumbria College of Art and then Fine Art at Northumbria University and later an MA in Fine Art at Newcastle University and the Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio , USA . He has exhibited in London , Edinburgh , the US and in numerous galleries in the North of England including The Henshel Wood Gallery in Newcastle , Zillah Bell in Thirsk, Northern Lights in Keswick and OCG in Ambleside. Forthcoming exhibitions include The Calder Gallery in Hebden Bridge and The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick as part of the annual Words by the Water Literary Festival with Alston Moor poet Josephine Dickinson.
Lionel has undertaken many residencies and commissions including work for the National Trust (Robin Hoods Bay Old Coastguard House), AMEC Developments Ltd (Newcastle Quayside), Newcastle Airport (Belfast Departure Lounge), The Newcastle Building Society, Newcastle University (Robinson Library portrait collection) and BT (Newcastle Quayside). He has also completed many private commissions , mainly landscape and portraits.