En Pays Cathare by Alan Rankle 2011
Oil on canvas entitled En Pays Cathare 2011/12. A beautifully executed piece with great depth and color. Highly collectible Alan Rankle (born 1952 in Oldham, England) is a British artist and is part of the duo Rankle & Reynolds. He studied at Rochdale School of Art and Goldsmiths’ College, University London. During a highly accomplished thirty-year career he has worked primarily as a painter where he continues his preoccupation with revitalizing the tradition of landscape art with the exploration of social and environmental issues of the day. His first exhibition, held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, was a multi-media performance/installation based on Chaucer’s The Pardonner’s Tale (1973). Rankle takes as his main subject the development of landscape art as a concept related to changes in attitude to the environment. In some works he treats the entire history of landscape painting almost as a found object; manipulating and cross-referencing styles and techniques from diverse periods and cultures, within a post-modernist fusion of abstract, trompe l’oeil and figurative imagery. In “Landscapes for the North” Maidstone Museum 1996 he states: “Styles are emblems of the ways we can shift our attention”. Examples of his paintings are in the collections of several Lancashire museums and Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. Most recently his work was included in the well-received ‘Capture The Castle’ exhibition at the Southampton City Art Gallery which was the first ever large-scale art exhibition on the subject of British castles. Showcasing the finest historic and contemporary castle artists and combining history with art. It included famous and rarely seen works from public and private collections, including loans from Tate, The British Museum, the V&A, the Government Art Collection and from the collections of major artists, including works by none other than William Turner.
100cm Wide x 100cm High