Freya Horsley

Freya Horsley

Led by her responses to landscape, light and weather and also by the process of painting itself, Freya’s paintings refer to both the permanent elemental nature of land and an ephemeral sense of fluidity and change. In her drawings and paintings she captures the intangibility of the changes which rain, mist, sunlight, cloud, snow bring to the face of the land.

‘I am increasingly exploring in greater depth the relationship between what is being painted and how it comes about, how much is real place and how much painted space. Drawing and making notes outside in the landscape allows me to instil in my mind a feeling of a place with its sights and sounds. However, the separation involved in making the paintings back in the studio is equally important to allow me to approach the work freely, as a painting rather than as a detailed geographical record. In the first stages of a painting, I pour and drip very liquid paint, manipulating it by tilting and moving the support on the floor and easel. Gradually I refine this process, responding to the marks and to my own sense of the space that emerges. I also often use wax, collage and other media alongside the veils of thin acrylic and oil paint, to explore these different levels of looking and ways of experiencing a place and space’.



  • ‘New Landscapes’, Saltbox Gallery, Helmsley
  • ‘New Horizons’, Porthminster Gallery, St Ives
  • ‘Dream Catcher’, According to McGee, York
  • Staithes Festival, Staithes, North Yorkshire
  • York Open Studios
  • ‘Winterlude’, Art Connections online exhibition



  • Autumn Show’, Porthminster Gallery, St Ives
  • Staithes Festival, Staithes, North Yorkshire



  • ‘Cornish Coastlines’, Porthminster Gallery, St Ives
  • ‘Liquid Light’, solo exhibition, Howgill Gallery, Farfield Mill, Sedbergh
  • Great North Art Show 2012, Ripon Cathedral
  • Staithes Festival, Staithes, North Yorkshire
  • ‘New Lights: Valeria Sykes Prize — Exhibition of Shortlisted Artists’, Mercer Gallery, Harrogate
  • ‘Summer into Autumn’, Porthminster Gallery, St. Ives
  • ‘Winter Wonderland’, Saltbox Gallery, Helmsley
  • ‘The Cream of Yorkshire’, Kings Manor, York (with Kentmere House Gallery)



  • ‘New Beginnings’, Porthminster Gallery, St Ives
  • ‘Journey’, Solo show at Brantwood, Coniston



  • ‘Revolving Gallery’, St John University Chapel, York
  • Solo Show, Porthminster Gallery, St Ives
  • York Open Studios
  • North Yorkshire Open Studios
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