20 May – 11 June 2017
Mike Hindle marks his return to Cornwall with a new exhibition of paintings at The National Trust’s Trelissick Gallery. From his studio window Mike now has a wide vista to the Cornish Coast; a very different view from his recent home in the very centre of Devon. Changes in Mike’s life have always been a trigger in his painting and the move back to Cornwall is one such. His rediscovery of the visual excitement of Cornwall’s landscape and his passion to articulate his response as an painter are clearly evident in these new paintings.
Mike has a natural born talent and facility as a painter and although the brush strokes he applies to canvas or paper are based upon what he sees before him in the landscape, it is his emotional response that draws out the infusions of colours and intensities of light that characterise his work. Colour and light abound in these paintings, at times gently shifting and melding together at the start of the day, such as looking into the early light as it streams along a harbour side street. Other times the light crackles and sparkles, such as over Godrevy Headland where flashing oranges and reds bounce against the deep cobalt sky of St Ives Bay. Mike aims to find the clarity within all this powerful stimulation. As he says “the painting process is a search for meaning. I want to live, feel alive and leave something that speaks on an emotional level. I like my subject matter to be simple, to allow me to concentrate on balancing layers of colour, and the relationship between sea, sky and land. The aim is to achieve an ambience of tranquility in the paintings.”