Today, Ramsay is acclaimed as one of the UK's great seascape painters, a recognised part of the British romantic tradition. But for all his success, he remains engaged in a battle to do justice to his elusive specialist subject.
Catto Gallery is thrilled to present a series of new paintings of the sea by highly-collected artist Ramsay Gibb. Ramsay’s haunting, elemental paintings sit proudly in the grand tradition of British landscape painting.
The British landscape can be a place of rapturous beauty, bleak majesty and occasionally supernatural mystery. Catto has travelled across meadows, moors and mountains to bring together some of today’s finest landscape work.
The haunting, elemental work of Ramsay Gibb sits proudly in the grand tradition of British landscape painting. Like the best of that lineage it focuses on one subject alone: the awesome majesty of nature. Vast mountain ranges, endless beaches, ominous oceans - Ramsay deals in nearspiritual ideas, and the effect is unforgettable.
For this exhibition Ramsay says ‘I wanted to explore Britain not as we see it in the 21st Century, but as a foreign and occupying power saw it two millennia before, the Roman Empire. This is not a journey through the “green and pleasant land” but through a land inhabiting the ‘very edges of the known world’, a marginal and hostile place.
Ramsay was born in Ayrshire in 1965, though his family later moved to Lancashire. He studied first at Bolton and then at the University of Brighton. His time on the Sussex coast stimulated his interest in landscape - an interest deepened by his move to East Anglia. Today, his fixation is the North - its wildness and sacred stories. Ramsay now lives in Lancashire but has travelled and painted in Shetland, the Hebrides, the Nordics, Greenland and Russia.
He has been widely exhibited and has had nine solo shows with the Francis Kyle Gallery in London. This is his first Catto exhibition.
Vast mountain ranges, endless beaches, ominous oceans - Ramsay deals in near spiritual ideas, and the effect is unforgettable. Ramsey Gibb
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