Acclaimed Cornish artist Amanda Hoskin’s annual solo exhibition opens at Beside the Wave, Falmouth, this August with a stunning new collection inspired by the painter’s recent walks along the St Michael’s Way.
St Michael’s Way, running from Lelant to Marazion, is one of the ancient routes of Christian Pilgrimage and leads to the Cathedral of St James in Santiago de Compostela, North West Spain. Used by pilgrims, missionaries and travellers to avoid the dangerous waters around Land’s End, the route dates back to the pre-historic times.
It was this rich tradition within the walk that sparked Amanda Hoskins’ interest, constantly searching for new ways to experience her beloved Cornish landscape. So, in May of this year, along with her sketchbooks, paints and her Labrador Millie, Amanda walked the route, from coast to coast, in the footsteps of all those who have taken the path before her.
The resulting collection, an impressive 43 paintings, guides you along the route with its impressive sweeps of coastline, bursts of colour from its flower-lined paths and enticing glimpses of the landscape to come.
Born in Cornwall, Amanda Hoskin studied at Falmouth and Chelsea Art Schools. After working in London as a freelance wildlife illustrator, Amanda returned to Cornwall in the early 90s to work as a sailing instructor. Constantly painting, she decided to return to art full time towards the end of the 90s and settled in Fowey where she lives and works today. Over the past fifteen years, Amanda has emerged as a leading exponent of Cornish landscape painting.
This new collection ‘Amanda Hoskin: St Michael’s Way’ will be on display at Beside the Wave, Falmouth, from Friday 14th August until Thursday 27th August 2015. A book of the new work will also accompany the show, available through the gallery.