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Landscape with Grey Sky

Landscape with Grey Sky

Artist: Norman Ackroyd

Catalogue: 121

Material: Etching

Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8cm

Date: 1975

Edition: 51/100

About the artwork

This etching resulted from a trip to the River Dee, near Ballater in 1975. It depicts a landscape with an ominous black foreground of an ascending hill, with a hint of green on the top edge of the slope, with silhouettes of some trees and posts. The landscape fades off in shades of grey, into a background of receding mountains and grey sky.

About the artist

Norman Ackroyd RA (born 1938), studied at Leeds College of Art and The Royal College of Art, London. He is one of Britain’s foremost landscape artists and contemporary printmakers working today. He is known primarily for his monochromatic aquatints. Depending on the locale, atmospheric conditions and intended mood, his compositions are minimalist, giving an abstract, sometimes geometric impression. Often they depict or suggest naturalistic elements, e.g., hills, clouds, rainbows. Even when depicting rainbows, Ackroyd uses colour only very sparingly. Although his work almost never includes the human figure, the landscape subjects he prefers are often ones of age-old human habitation.