Monday, 9 March 2009

The art of Ashley.....

Ashley Jackson is one of my favourite water colourists. Like most Yorkshirmen, Ashley is intensely proud of his roots and his county. His unique evocative and distinctive paintings of brooding moorlands have become synonymous with Yorkshire, and more particular the moors above and around his Gallery situated in the heart of the Pennines at Holmfirth.
The Browns and Reds of the Moors
His works have been exhibited worldwide, and adorn the walls of many successful and famous people, from politicians to actors. Ashley was honoured when the former President of America, Bill Clinton, an avid art collector was presented with an original watercolour.

Underbank Old Road - Holmfirth
Ashley, throughout his career has always been an ambassador for the arts. he has strived, through his life to encourage people not just to take up art, but to appreciate the beauty of the landscape around us.
Top Withens
Believed by many to be the inspiration for the novel Wuthering Heights.

His greatest fear regarding art is two fold, that for our future generations we must endeavour to protect our landscape, and we must also strive to ensure that the gift of enjoyment of art and culture is passed onto our young, believing that if we fail to provide these gifts, the world for our future generations will be a poorer place to live.

Amen to that Ashley.


  1. Hello Michael,

    Despite being a Yorkshireman, I don't know Mr Jackson! He certainly makes the moors look bleak and there's plenty of character in Underbank Old Road!

    I must try and keep his name in mind!

  2. A friend of mine had a whole series of painting by this artist. (of the village he was born in). They are beautiful and really capture the atmosphere of the Moors and Dales. I particularly like the first one you posted... could see myself walking in just a scene

  3. Thank you for the introduction. I have visited the Dales and love the landscapes. The artist has captured the mood and the light and the movement of the land.

  4. I especially like the soft simplicity of the first one.

  5. He's been a favourite of mine these past many/few years too! I love his style - evocative. Cheers