Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Nicholas Hely Hutchinson


Those who remember my Stuck-in-a-Book's Oxford Tour, back in July 2007 (goodness! what a long time ago) might recall this post and Arcadia, my favourite shop in Oxford. Some secondhand books, lots of lovely gifts and wrapping paper and cards, I go whenever a birthday is coming. Occasionally I'll buy a card just because I love it, and want to have it on my desk. That was how I discovered Nicholas Hely Hutchinson.
He creates beautiful portrayals of nature - sloping and slid
ing and seemingly on a pivot, as it were. Rather than a straight landscape, the pictures then feel alive (though not frenetic); humourous, without losing a reverence for beauty. I'll keep quiet, and show you some examples. (I hope I'm allowed to do that! I'll remove them if I need to... but since I hope this leads people to buy prints or even paintings, it might be in his favour...)


Do go to his website - I've just been for the first time, and it has a slideshow of his paintings. I may be a little in love with them. They're what the art world would term 'affordable', but at the moment I'd need them to be under £10 to qualify. Even so, I'm horribly tempted...

9 comments:

  1. I discovered him a few years ago and love his work. I've had only cards up to now (been given and sent several) but covet the real thing!

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  2. Did you know that Jake and Nicholas's son Seamus shared a house in Exeter last year? I discovered him through that connection...

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  3. Lovely, I'll go and admire them on his website, and I'll certainly buy some cards if I see them - thanks.

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  4. Rats - I went and looked. Oh, I so badly want the one called Autumn Evening....

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  5. These really are beautiful. I adore the last one .... but then I love every picture I see of Venice

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  6. What great pictures. The one of the woman by the window is one that strikes me the most. I occasionally like to buy cards too and either frame them or stick them by my desk. It's a cheap collectors method until we can afford them!

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  7. Oh my word - what have you done to me? I love some of these pictures and found myself seriously working out where I could get funding from. Like sell things, ask for money for Christmas, sell more things, beg...

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  8. Thank you. I loved seeing his work. I like the animal ones best.

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  9. Gorgeous - oh so tempting, sigh.

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