Inspired by the work of Master Fellwalker and artist Alfred Wainwright, Andy has just completed the major project of producing a watercolour sketch of every illustration drawn by A.W. in his seven Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells. Every single location of the illustrations has been meticulously researched so that Andy’s references are taken from the exact location where A.W. stood to take his own black and white photographs.
As a keen hill-walker the fells of the Lake district is one of Andy’s favourite places and being so close to hand he is able to visit the area even on short day trips. These trips have been used to gather the required photographs for the project as well as ideas for other Lake District paintings. Due to the number of illustrations, more than one route on each of the 214 fells has to be undertaken and of course the weather conditions have to be favourable to allow the scene that A.W. depicted in his sketches to be viewed by Andy.
The work of A.Wainwright in his seven Pictorial Guides was a thirteen year undertaking which to this day, approximately half a century later has not been bettered in its ingenuity, artistic content and detail. It is perhaps testament to the man that all 214 of the fells depicted in the volumes have become known under the collective name “The Wainwrights”.
The process of this project has been on going for the past ten years. “It has never been my intention for the project to be seen as copying the work of A.W., an impossible task, more as a matter of interest as how his sketches compare to today’s scenes. Standing on the exact spot where he stood every time is not only a sense of achievement to me but also a feeling of closeness to the man and his work.”
The uniqueness of this project has meant that it has been featured in the media both locally and nationally The Wainwrights in Colour- as seen on the BBC– Click here.
Following the near sell-out Exhibition at Rheged in October and November 2009 Andy then went on to complete all of the 1500 sketches for this project for all 214 of the fells. The sketches are all now uploaded and can be viewed in the appropriate regions shown below.
The Wainwrights in Colour Book was published in May 2017 as a limited edition of only 5000 signed and numbered copies. Take a look at the page to read the rather impressive reviews of the book.
Limited Edition prints now available, click here.
There are currently only three fells left unsold which are complete and ready for collection/delivery. The see the current list click here.