The Fylingdales Group of Artists
9 Market Place
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John Freeman moved to Whitby from Doncaster in 1969 opening his studio and gallery in the Market Place on Whitby’s East Side. The years have seen his gallery expand and move a little further up the square into a converted butchers shop and slaughter house, evidence of past use still remains! Since 1985 he has worked mainly in watercolour. The Whitby area continues to be his main inspiration subject wise. Coastal studies, moor land villages and Whitby harbour all feature in studies on gallery walls. H.M.Endeavour, the carefully created replica of Capt. James Cook’s original vessel is often used as a subject, contrasting well with powerful moor land studies or detailed farm or village studies. Recently several ‘epic’ paintings featuring local life boats have created much interest one becoming an R.N.L.I. Card bestseller.
John Freeman’s unique nocturnal studies clearly demonstrates his exceptional ability to weave warmth and cold together, both with colour and with suggestion: though outside it may be cold, we know from the plumes of smoke rising from chimneys that there are roaring fires giving off welcome heat inside. These cool nocturnal tones are counterbalanced by a warm glow emanating from the windows and open doorways in each painting - making the perfect contrast with the high, bright moon and the mysterious shadows she casts.
A Meander Down The Esk
A Journey in Paint and Pencil
The River Esk and the Esk valley encapsulates the best of northern English countryside. Desolate moorland which at times can be bleak. A river gently flowing through forests, past hamlets and villages. A countryside that was once blighted by industry that is now a diverse and vibrant home to wildlife.
In contrast to the sparsely populated hills, Whitby is one of Britain's most popular traditional seaside towns, it is still a working port with a fishing industry.
Throughout the course of the Esk there is a rich history and heritage. The supporting text to John Freeman's watercolours and pencil drawings provides background information and explores the Esk valley of the past.
A Meander Down the Esk will appeal to people who love the North York Moors National Park, the Esk valley and Whitby.
Featuring 60 of John`s beautiful watercolour images and over 100 pencil drawings accompanied by over 18000 words of text in a high quality hardback book.
Available at £19.99 plus postage.
'West Pier, Whitby
''Dawn towards Ravenscar'