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Lesley Fotherby's Winter

Chris Beetles Gallery, Ryder Street, London

18 February - 13 March 2021

Lesley Fotherby is as well known for encapsulating the changing seasons as for capturing figures in balletic movement.

With her innate feeling for even the most extreme weather, and her willingness to experience it directly, she is an ideal witness to the essential qualities of winter in both oil and watercolour. She describes the snow both high on the Yorkshire Moors and deep in the Dales below, and delineates the bare trees and dry stone walls that stand in silhouette.

Through bending bushes and huddling sheep, she communicates the strength of the wind, while her focus on strong, upright forms indicates crisp stillness. She can also mark the passing of the day by lengthening the blue-grey shadows cast by a low sun. The white of the paper often denotes the transformative power of snowfall, and patches of brown and green pigment where earth and plants begin to reveal themselves again.

Indeed, ‘If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind'.

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