Opening times: Tue-Fri 12pm – 5pm; Sat & Sun 11am – 4pm;
The Isles of Colour is an exhibition of work that celebrates the beauty and variety of the landscape of the British Isles and Ireland by Oxford Gallery artist Anna Dillon. From the windswept and breath-taking shores of the Hebrides to the green and rolling hills of West Ireland, The Isles of Colours presents a visual feast of color with some familiar Oxfordshire landscapes contributing to the collection.
Anna’s practice and paintings are grounded in notions of landscape and place; her passion for walking and hiking expressed in the undulating contours of her meticulously crafted topographies. Traversing counties across the UK and Ireland, Anna’s paintings document the outlines of ancient and natural landscapes such as the Uffington White Horse Hill and Wittenham Clumps. In this, her work echoes and is influenced by 20th-century British landscape painting characterized by the work of Paul and John Nash, John Piper and Peter Lanyon, while her evocation of pattern in natural forms reflects the influence of contemporary land artist Richard Long. Her exuberant use of color calls to mind the bold and dramatic work of Friedrich Hundertwasser.
“As a painter, I have developed my style using a bold and strong color which reflect the form, contours, and light of the land. I paint with thin layers of oil paints, built up gradually and slowly. This technique produces a rich, deep color.”
Anna has exhibited extensively across the South of England, and her works can be found in private collections across the world from Australia to Finland.