Yorkshire in the spotlight at Sandsend exhibition

David and Margaret Morris at work
David and Margaret Morris at work

A gallery in Sandsend is to showcase the artwork work of a 50-year-long married couple.

The Turnstone Gallery will host the exhibition called Mostly Yorkshire by David and Margaret Morris.

The pair, who live in Harrogate, met in the 1960s at Harrogate Arts School, where David was a new teacher and Margaret a second year student, and have been together ever since.

The Yorkshire landscape, its heritage coastline, the moors and dales are the main focal point in the display.

David focuses mainly on printmaking and painting, with Yorkshire being his main subject.

He uses colour in a decisive and emotionally truthful way and is a prolific and accomplished printmaker over the years producing many etchings of familiar Whitby sites and nearby coastal villages, including Fortunes Kippers in Henrietta Street, Whitby Abbey, Robin Hood’s Bay and Staithes.

Margaret’s love for the dales and nature feature heavily in her work.

She is inspired by her immediate surroundings and while at college in Bradford became interested in the urban landscape, and produced a series of silk screen prints which are featured in the exhibition.

More recently her work has been focused on pastoral landscape; in particular the Western Dales where she spent her formative years and therefore feels a strong connection.

She works at a measured, deliberate pace, and is interested in the effects of light and changing weather on favourite locations and succeeds in capturing atmosphere and a powerful sense of place.

Her work is densely painted and shows a love of nature and understanding of the character of the Dales.

This exhibition represents an extensive body of work, completed over many years and is described as a landscape of the two artists’ life together.

It opens on Saturday 30 April and runs until 5 June.

Turnstone Gallery is open daily except Wednesdays, 11am to 5pm.