In this new series of paintings Oona has concentrated on the coastline and the dramatic skies that roll in across our island shores. She has that gift as a painter of making us feel that we are actually there. We sense the wind buffeting our faces and flapping at our trouser legs, as we brace ourselves against an oncoming squall that will soon be flinging the rain in our faces.
The subjects range from Islay on the West Coastof Scotland to the Jurassic coast of Dorset, not far from her home, and the long sandy beach of West Wittering looking out towards the Isle of Wight. Many of them are paintings on a grand scale, six feet in width. All are favourite, familiar spots, where Oona has spent long hours walking and exploring in all weathers. Even in mid-summer it is a windy day that grabs her attention most, when the clouds are scudding across the bay, whipping up the sand and the mist is rolling in across the Atlantic bringing with it the promise of rain.
Oona works in a long tradition of European romantic landscape painting where mood and feeling combine with accuracy of observation and truth to nature. However she brings a fresh and unique vision to contemporary landscape painting and is justly recognized as one of its leading exponents. She holds regular exhibitions in London and is much sort after by both private and public collectors.
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The Moncrieff-Bray Gallery is a spectacular 120 square metre converted barn with stunning views over the Rother Valley and South Downs. It opened in 2005 to hold regular exhibitions of contemporary painting and sculpture.
Prior to running the gallery Elspeth Moncrieff worked for several years as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum before becoming Deputy Editor first of the Antique Collector and then Apollo Magazine.
From 1996-2004 she was the Art Market Correspondent for The Art Newspaper building up a wealth of experience about the art market. She is currently also the Editor of the Sydney based World of Antiques and Art.