Monday, January 30, 2012

Adam Hargreaves

Adam Hargreaves
Adam Hargreaves is an English painter whose focus is on landscape, and in particular, trees.

Though not present in all of his compositions, trees are often the primary subject. Hargreaves finds special fascination in trees with gnarled, twisted trunks, roots covered in moss and wonderful textural elements that give his landscapes a great deal of presence. In a way, it almost feels as if he were doing tree portraits, so individual do some of them seem.

His work appears detailed in small reproduction, but in larger images shows as pleasingly painterly. Though his approach is never overtly impressionistic and his color palette is often muted, there are times when his compositions remind me of some of Van Gogh’s lesser known works, particularly those influenced by Japanese prints.

I personally respond strongly to visual texture in paintings, and in this characteristic, Hargreaves constantly delights. From weathered bark to soft moss to delicate patterns of leaves and branches, he seeks out the most interesting textural aspects of his scene and conveys them with tactile virtuosity.

Adam Hargreaves is the son of Roger Hargreaves, the well-known author and illustrator of the “Mr. Men” series of children’s books. Adam inherited responsibility for the line from his father, and when not painting, continues to write and illustrate books in the series.

Adam Hargreaves is represented by the Fairfax Gallery which has a selection of his work online.

On Hargreaves’ own site, there are two galleries under “Paintings”, for work from 2010, and 2009. Both come up as a slide show, but it can be stopped and thumbnails can be accessed from controls at the bottom. In the 2010 gallery, there is an additional “zoom” control. While not really a zoom feature in the usual sense, it does bring up larger versions of some of the images (as does clicking on the images themselves).

[Via ensuciando las paredes]

8 thoughts on “Adam Hargreaves

  1. mike

    leaves, branches, trees… when spring/summer/fall return to New England I hope to be able to spend some time trying to figure out how I want to paint them this year… leaves especially… it is astounding how many end up on one tree. Add a couple bushes, tall leafy weed plants, etc… and sensory overload starts coming into play…

    Thanks for the post, Cheers…

    ~Mike

  2. mike

    By the way, Great Magnolia paintings. We almost lost ours to the October snow storm. Down 50 plus percent on branches. We hope it comes back. …Mike

  3. Sean

    All the paintings are wonderful. Adam Hargreaves is a gifted artist. There is something refreshing and fascinating about his art. Thanks for this post Charles.

  4. Sean

    I really enjoyed this post. Is there some way for me to purchase this art online? Are there sites that sell art like the ones created by Adam Hargreaves?

  5. Jardley

    I personally like the snow covered one the most, and maybe just the closeup potraits.

    Those feel less like still-life landscapes to me and more like a character study.

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