Brighouse Canal Basin (oil on board)
Elland Bridge No2 (oil on board)
Houses and Lock Salterhebble (oil on board)
Barry De More
Barry de More is a serious, northern painter whose primary source of inspiration arises from observation and the on the spot drawing. He is currently focusing on Yorkshire, in particular its everyday life and energies, its people within the built environment going about their business amongst the shops, markets, streets and alleyways. Says de More,”My choice of palette enables me to explore the use of a more closely tonal range of colour such as creams, buttermilk, ochres and a range of other earth colours which seem to illuminate the composition from the inside, while the painted frames which are of a similar hue to the overall tonal value of the painting spread the soft glow further onto the walls of the installation.”
The life of the subjects being mainly townscapes and buildings in all their constituent elements, the people and its fabric are made to meld and gel providing harmony throughout the painting. The perspective is distorted and the line is sparse, so that shape and mass become more defined. When looking at de More’s paintings one can detect a nervous probing for form, sketching rather than defining which contributes to the overall energies of the surface.