Inspired by the work of Master Fellwalker and artist Alfred Wainwright, Andy has recently 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- The Wainwrights in Colour. 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 took over ten years to complete. “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 Wainwrights in Colour Book was published in May 2017 as a limited edition of only 5000 signed and numbered copies. They are selling fast so do not miss out on the opportunity to own one of these collectable volumes. Take a look at the page to read the rather impressive reviews of the book which has won “Outdoor Book of the Year 2017” in the TGO Readers Awards as well as the BBC Countryfile Magazine Book of the Year.
Limited Edition prints now available, click here.
Update 28.1.19. All of the original works from this project are now sold.
Update 28.5.18: The 214 fells and all 1500 sketches have now been removed from this website to free up some space. Here is a sample gallery of some of the sketches. All of the sketches can be viewed in the book.