Leonard Evetts (1909-1997) was fascinated with light and shade, the tonal effects of changing weather or time of day. His paintings, as well as stained glass were a testament to this interest. To capture in watercolour the atmosphere of a scene meant working rapidly, resulting in airy, softly toned, lightly sketched landscapes that capture the sprit of a place with deft economy.
This exhibition features many beautiful coastal and valley scenes, uniquely created by a recently overlooked but important character in Tyneside’s art history.
Leonard Evetts studied at the Royal College of Art, taught art at Edinburgh College of Art and then at Kings College, Newcastle (now Newcastle University). He was there for 37 years, becoming Head of Design with his watercolours well known on Tyneside. Evetts exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Laing Art Gallery (where some of his work is now held), the Hatton Gallery and the Stone Gallery. Over 300 churches across the UK have stained glass or calligraphy completed by Evetts, the last of which, for Craster Parish Church in Northumberland was completed only weeks before his death.
Hardback copies of the book. 'Leonard Evetts, Master Designer' are available at a special price of £18.00.
Spring Morning, Northumberland 1987
27 x 20.5 cms unframed
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