Gregory Paul Learmonth's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
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".
Burley in Wharfedale Main Street (2019)
The large building on the right/middle of the painting is called "Elm House". Until recently it had a large elm tree in the front garden and would have blocked the view of the building and the painting would have looked completely different if I had painted it about four years earlier! There is a little bit of Lowry influence in this painting and that is the red coat worn by the pedestrian. Lowry used to paint things like a coat in red to make them stand out more.
The Magpie (after Monet) (2019)
This is my favourite painting in my Monet Versions collection. I particularly like the light on the snow and the blue colours. Should you commission me I will paint another one of this painting for you. Obviously it is not exactly the same as Monet's original and I am glad of that as I wish the painting to contain more of me. The only thing the same is the subject matter.
Stormy sea at Flamborough
Flamborough is a small town on the Yorkshire coast near the more well known holiday destination of Bridlington. The headland in the distance is called Flamborough Head and contains in it many of my favourite coastal scenes like those of Selwicks Bay. The remaining cliffs are called Bempton Cliffs which is well known to birders as they are a popular nesting site for a variety of sea birds mainly Gannets. This painting captures the area on a stormy day in Winter.