Watercolour artist David Boyd painting in Borrowdale, the Lake District

Drawing On Cumbria

A Keswick exhibition draws on painter David Boyd’s unique view of Cumbria
July 3, 2023

Drawing on Cumbria, an exhibition of drawings and paintings by Eden-based artist, David Boyd, has been extended at Keswick Museum until Monday, 31st July. The Museum team is also planning a couple of watercolour workshops with David on Sunday 23rd and Sunday 30th July, from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. These will be open to adults and young people (12+) and will take place in the Museum and nearby Fitz Park – full details are on the Keswick Museum website.

The exhibition explores the many ways that, through drawing, Cumbria and nature can reveal themselves. Drawing on Cumbria includes sketchbooks and works by David that highlight his personal exploration and interpretation of the local landscape and its many familiar elements.

“The work isn’t just about traditional Lakeland landscapes,” explains David, “but includes drawings of dog walkers, café dwellers and busy car parks. It’s very much about the life of the place. My creative process is rooted in drawing, sketching and painting en plein air and I like to make direct and authentic observations of the local environment and record them on canvas and in the pages of my sketchbooks.”

While the intention of Drawing on Cumbria is to document David’s unique view of the county, it is also intended to inspire and encourage individuals to find their own personal perspectives of their local landscape.

“I’d love people not only to draw on Cumbria for their own inspiration, but also to discover the nature of drawing for themselves,” he says.

The Drawing on Cumbria exhibition is in the Community Gallery of Keswick Museum (Station Road, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4NF) and will be open every day from 10:00am to 4:00pm until Monday 31st July. Café West at the Museum is open 10:30am to 3:30pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

Further information about David Boyd’s work is available online at www.davidboyd-artist.co.uk or on social media: Instagram @drydenboydartist and Facebook @DavidBoydArtist.