Oona Campbell

Oona’s childhood holidays were spent hiking in the Highlands of Scotland and installed in her a deep love of wild and unspoilt landscapes. She is well known for her paintings of the Highlands and the West Coast of Scotland – windswept moorlands, mist enveloping the Grampions and the wild beaches of the Western Isles. Her work is rooted in her love of romantic landscapes and her paintings recall a particular moment on a particular day when landscape and weather combined to leave a lasting imprint.

Oona has recently moved to Yorkshire and this landscape has become a new inspiration for her work.  Last winter while the ‘Beast from the East’ raged brining misery to many Oona explored the pictorial possibilities of snow.   She describes how ‘ after four months of moving up there,  the North Yorkshire Dales landscape was becoming familiar with heathery moors, stone walls and the distinctive field barns. Then the snow arrived and our farmhouse was veiled by snow. This landscape during the winter months transformed. Four months of snow brought a magical daytime wonderland of white; evenings of golden snow and golden skies; snow covered stone walls and solitary farmer’s footsteps; dark skies with impending snow storms and dusky pink snow light.

The Road to Kettlewell paintings depict a familiar journey. They are in the footsteps of Turner who rode his horse over the moors to Kettlewell when he was exploring the dales. Nothing has changed much since he made this journey through Coverdale’s wonderful unspoilt, historical, landscape. ‘

The exhibition also includes a small group of West Wittering paintings a favourite subject to which Oona has returned several times.  The paintings are united by the dramatic cloudscapes that roll across our skies and nature’s light.  Summer squalls darken the horizon at Wittering casting shadows on the long sandy beach. Oona has been familiar with Sussex since she was a student at Brighton Art School where she fell in love with the South Downs.

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 has exhibited with the Moncrieff-Bray Gallery for over ten years and holds regular exhibitions in London and is much sort after by both private and public collectors. She has exhibited widely in the UK and her work is represented in major collections including the City of Westminster Permanent Collection and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

 

 

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