Graham Twyford, " Aira Force", United Kingdom, #1126

$ 4,500.00

Graham Twyford,

Landscape Oil Painting Titled " Aira Force" from the Lake District, United Kingdom, Ca 2000, #1126

Description: #1126 Graham Twyford, Landscape Oil Painting Titled " Aira Force" from the Lake District, United Kingdom. This is a set of 3 pieces to include the initial historic lithograph of Aira Force, the initial pencil and ink draft Graham did for me from actually visiting "Aira Force" , so I could get an idea of what the final painting would look like and then the final extraordinary oil painting of "Aira Force" . It has hung in my home for many years and to find an artist that provides a art grade draft and then the final painting is very very rare in the art world.

Dimensions: Original historic lithograph framed: 11" x 13.5"; Draft pencil and ink draft framed, 17" x 20"; Final oil painting, 27" x 32.5"

Condition: All three pieces are in outstanding condition.   

Some background on how I met Graham Twyford.

For our Thirty Second wedding anniversary, I took Linda to the Lake District in the United Kingdom for 10 days. It was one of the most extraordinary places that we have ever visited and we fell in love with the area and the people. While we were there, we stumbled on to the Lake District Art Show and I found a painting that I like that Graham had done, unfortunately it was sold. When I came back to Va from the trip, I contacted Graham and asked him to paint me a piece from the Lake District. His first piece for me was "Aira Force". I had asked him to send a draft first and he did, once I had it, I commissioned Graham to go forward with the final oil. During our visit, I had also picked up the Historic lithograph of "Aira Force" by accident at a flea market outside of the lord Fairfax Castle. At the time, i did not know that this would be Grahams first painting for me. When I received the final painting I was overwhelmed and could almost feel Graham sitting at the actual site, painting the piece for me. Little did I know that this would spark a long term relationship with Graham and his family, who I met when they came to Va on a vacation and stayed in our home. To make a very long story short, I have ended up being one of the largest collectors of Graham Twyford's art in the United States.

Graham Twyford has always taken pleasure in drawing and painting. From an early age he tried to visualize and illustrate ideas from his favorite books and mythologies, then increasingly became aware of and inspired by the renowned Lake land landscape so close to home.

After training at Goldsmiths College London, graduating in Fine Art in 1979, Graham returned to Cumbria and has been painting professionally in the Lake District since then. Graham has exhibited at various venues, including the Royal Academy and is a member of the prestigious Lake Artists Society. As his work became increasing well known he was commissioned to design and illustrate a variety of subjects and his images are now widely reproduced on products from collectors ceramics to jig-saws. Graham works in many painting and graphic mediums though most of his landscape work is in oils on canvas. Taking influence from American and British painting traditions such as the Luminists and Hudson River School, he applies similar working methods in a response to the diverse lake country. Recently he has produced a series of popular paintings and reproductions exploring the atmospheric effects of light in various towns and cities in the north of England. These images not only combine expert handling of figures and buildings but reveal familiar locations in unusual and striking effects of light.

Graham is constantly inspired by the dramatic and varied landscape of Cumbria, the lapping waters of lakes and crystal clear mountain streams, always seeking to capture a sudden transforming play of light over the crags and sweeping fellsides.

Born in 1956 at Barrow-in-Furness, Graham Twyford grew up on Walney Island. His art education was at Lancaster College of Art, then Goldsmiths College of Art, London, where he graduated in 1979 with B.A.(Hons) Fine Art. Graham Twyford became a full-time painter in 1979 and works mainly in oil and occasionally in water colour, often using traditional ‘Old Master’ techniques which he has studied with interest over a number of years. Graham Twyford’s work is centred mainly on Landscape in the romantic tradition of British and American painting, sometimes extending to purely imaginative work inspire by the writings of J.R.R.Tolkien, C.S.Lewis or Arthurian romance.

Graham Twyford’s work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, as well as in Canada and the U.S.A. and is included in many collections around the world.

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