News Release

March 2008

Halfway Round in the Footsteps of Turner


There are few people who have sketched and painted the coastline of the United Kingdom and Turner is undoubtedly the most famous. Looking at the coastline today much has changed; erosion, coastal protection, harbours and of course the vessels.

 At the start of the new millennium, David Humphries began to think about painting the coastline again, revisiting some of the places that Turner painted but also going further and painting all the coastline. It started in 2003 and now 5 years later he is halfway round.


An exhibition of the work, ‘Halfway Round’ will be shown at the Blake Gallery in York from the 7th- 22nd March 2008. It features several of the local East Yorkshire landmarks including the Spurn Peninsula, Flamborough, Staithes and Whitby plus paintings from Land’s End to John o’Groats.

The paintings though are contemporary, textural impressionism using mixed media alongside collages and oils. Offsetting them is a series of black and white photographs with the emphasis of the textural quality of the shoreline.

All the paintings were produced from sketches on location.

Turner used his imagination to add to the beauty of the composition. However, much remains the same, the sea, cliffs and surf breaking over rocks.

Imagination and impressionism are clearly shown in these paintings, Flamborough for example, while the textural qualities of the rocks at Llangranog and the sea breaking over the rocks on Skye illustrate the beauty of black and white photographs.


A short book Halfway Round has been produced for the exhibition as well as series of limited edition gicleé prints of both the paintings and photographs.


“It will be a few more years before we are All the way Round”, and David Humphries wonders whether it will ever be complete, ” there are still so many wonderful places that await me around this coastline, I am not sure that I want it to finish ”.


Further information on the David Humphries  contact or refer to Artist Notes