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It’s mainly Outside Work for local artist

David has enjoyed working in the open air during 2019, whatever the weather, capturing the stories and landscapes of Cumbria

An exhibition of new plein air work by local artist, David Boyd, will be open for just over a week from Saturday 30 November in The Old Chapel, David’s home in Lazonby.

Entitled David Boyd: Outside Work, the exhibition will bring together more than 50 pieces of David’s recent work. Those familiar with David’s subject matter will find the landscapes, colours and skies of the Pennines and Eden Valley that they recognise, as well as seascapes of Maryport harbour among the selection of paintings. However, new to this year’s exhibition are 15 paintings of the mountains and waters of the Lake District, which feature a strikingly different and much stronger colour palette. David attributes this development to the many journeys he’s made this summer through the majestic scenery between Penrith and Coniston.

“Being exposed to those incredible views motivated a sudden desire to capture their scale and colours in my painting,” he says. “For me, 2019 has been a year spent at the feet of giants – both literally, when I’ve been sketching and painting under the shadow of the Lake District’s mountains, and artistically, becoming more aware of the influence on my drawing and painting of important Cumbrian artists like Percy Kelly, Sheila Fell and Winifred Nicholson.”

Mungrisdale is the image from the exhibition that is being used on publicity for David Boyd: Outside Work

Outside Work builds on David’s successful mid-summer 2019 Arranging patches of colour exhibition in the Dawson Gallery of the Ruskin Museum, Coniston, and last year’s winter exhibition, Following an Unmarked Path.

Visitors to David Boyd – Outside Work will find a wide range of David’s landscape paintings available to buy, as well as 30 small, intimate watercolours and new greetings cards. Also on display are more than 20 of his sketchbooks featuring pen and ink drawings of scenes and people of Cumbria.

David adds: “I do hope people will feel able just to call into the Studio while the exhibition’s open, and enjoy the variety of my Outside Work. The Lakeland fells have inspired me in recent months and I hope that visitors will enjoy my perspective on these stunning local landscapes.”

David Boyd: Outside Work is open daily 12 noon to 4pm from Saturday 30 November to Sunday 8 December with the possibility of additional opening by appointment (01768 870850). David Boyd’s work will be on display in his Studio and around his home at The Old Chapel, Scaur Lane, Lazonby CA10 1AH and admission is free. Copies of the catalogue (£10) as well as framed original artworks will be on sale throughout. Further information is available online at or you can follow him on Instagram @drydenboydartist.

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