Gregory Paul Learmonth's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
portrait of Monet (2008)
In 2008 I started painting in acrylics. I used to paint in oils, but for me they took too long to dry and acrylics are quick drying and suited my tache style of painting thus causing no muddying of the colours. My favourite mentor is Claude Monet and I only had a few acrylic paints and this canvas spare (not an ideal size for a portrait) and off I went. I prefer to do portraits using primary colours and lots of titanium white held together by vigorous brushstrokes. The tache style of painting is one brushstroke of pure colour over or next to another.
Grainstack, end of summer morning (after Monet) (2018)
Like the portrait of Monet this painting is part of my private collection, but I will gladly paint you another just like it, same size, same quality and at the price shown below. Monet painted a series of grainstacks at his home in Giverny, France. I enjoy painting versions of Monet's paintings because my stle of painting is very similar to Monet's. Similar, but very different. I would never try to pass one of my paintings off as being by Monet as to me it would be sacriledge. The signature would give it away anyway!
Waterlilies (after Monet) (2018)
Another of my Monet versions and again this painting is part of my private collection and is not for sale, but again I will gladly paint you another. I have been accused of trying to paint like Monet, but I vehemently disagree. I paint how I paint because that is the way I paint naturally. Besides it is not surprising that after nearly 20 years of studying the Impressionists and their work that a bit of their style has rubbed off on me.
Monet's wisteria bridge (2018)
Each year I visit Monet's house and gardens. This painting shows the famous Japanese bridge (or as I call it the Wisteria Bridge, because the canopy is covered in wisteria). The bridge is a replica as the original bridge was destroyed by allied bombing during world war 2 and what remained of it was eaten away by termites. After Monet's death in 1926 the gardens became overgrown and, along with the house, was restored in the 1970s.
Christmas lights in Burley in Wharfedale (2018)
Like in so many towns and villages the turning on of the Christmas lights is a major event in it's yearly calendar. This painting was done using a photograph taken just after the village lights were turned on in December 2017. Some of the lights are designed by the children in the village following a competition held at their primary school. The whole day is a big event with a street market fairground entertainment along with toy stalls for the kiddies. Well some of us adults secretly go on the fairground rides when no one is looking!
Scarborough lighthouse, Winter sky (2021)
Painted on hardboard this is a painting of Scarborough lighthouse off the Yorkshire coast on a calm Winter's evening. What attracted me to this scene was the light on the sea and a general relaxed feeling which I thought would be best captured by painting it on board as apposed to canvas as I would get more of a smooth finish and I would paint it thinly with a less vigorous brushstroke than usual.
Poppies near Argenteuil (after Monet)
Another of my Monet versions. Monet and the other Impressionists visited Argenteuil, a small town(then) north west of Paris on the banks of the river Seine. The figures in the bottom right corner of the painting are of Monet's first wife Camille and their son Jean. Monet decided to repeat these figure on the top of the hill to the left of the painting. They are different in appearance so as not to confuse the viewer. As before this painting is not for sale, but I am happy to paint it again for you should you wish.
Ravenscar, famous for it's seal population, is a small village on the Yorkshire coast near Whitby. This painting shows the influence of Edward Seago (a British 20th century landscape artist from Norfolk) with it's stormy clouds and shading on the landscape. It is the influence of Seago to paint, as he did, on board to achieve a smooth finish whilst still able to paint in a impasto style.
Self portrait (2019)
This is me painted in the way that I like to paint portraits by using only blue, red and yellow the three primary colours along with a lot of titanium white. I allow the colours to mix so that I can achieve the greens and oranges. Using titanium white allows me to achieve the different shades of colours that I might need.
Wisteria bridge at Monet's pond. Before sunset (2019)
The Wisteria Bridge at Monet's gardens is a constant source of inspiration for me. The gardens don't look quite like they did in Monet's day (the plants are different around the pond and they are a bit over mature for my liking) and so people ask me why do I go every year. I reply by saying "even though it's not the same this is where it all happened and I see or feel something different each time I'm here. The spirit of Monet and Impressionism is still here".