Artist Simon Palmer has a quirky take on the Yorkshire Dales

PUBLISHED: 01:16 19 September 2011 | UPDATED: 20:00 20 February 2013

Artist Simon Palmer has a quirky take on the Yorkshire Dales

Artist Simon Palmer has a quirky take on the Yorkshire Dales

One of Yorkshire's leading watercolourists celebrates his love of the county in a new book

The Art of Simon Palmer is a book which tells the story of one artist and his fascination with the Yorkshire Dales. I fell in love with North Yorkshire during a visit to the county in my teens, says Palmer. On leaving art school I moved as soon as possible to live in the county and it has become my spiritual home.

Palmers love of the countryside surrounding his home in Ellingstring in Wensleydale is the dominant theme running throughout his work. His paintings depict the rural setting, with a quirky and witty take on the Yorkshire Dales. The result is a unique interpretation of the landscape.

The idea for publishing a book at this stage in my career over 30 years since leaving art school in 1977 was to demonstrate the development of style and the maturing technique of my work.

Expression of my deep love for the Yorkshire landscape is portrayed in my pictures and this seems a fitting moment in time to share my vision with the wider public.

I could think of no better place to hold the launch of my book than in the local town of Masham among friends and acquaintances who have been by my side and have offered their support over the years.

Palmers first watercolour was published on the front cover of a local magazine in 1977 and from there he went on to create picture storybooks Pebbles on a Beach and Saltaire and has become one of Britains leading watercolour artists, keenly collected in the UK and abroad. He held many solo exhibitions in London and provincial galleries from 1978 to 1990.

He has exhibited with JHW Fine Art every two years since 1995, and his work has been shown in many group exhibitions, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Crane Kalmans British Landscape Painting in the Twentieth Century, Glyndebourne Festival Opera Exhibition, and the National Trust Centenary Exhibition. A retrospective exhibition was staged at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate in 2004. In 2007, he won the Winsor & Newton Prize for the best watercolour at the RA Summer Exhibition.

The Art of Simon Palmer is published by Oblong Creative. For more information email

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