WATCH - Lesley painting in residence at Burton Agnes Hall, Yorkshire. Film by Emilie Flower.

Lesley Seeger - Photo by Lucy Saggers

Growing up in Northumberland, Scotland and North Yorkshire, fostered a love of landscape and nature in me from an early age.

Current work explores my relationship with British landscape although I am interested in beautiful and striking landscapes worldwide. Travels to Sri Lanka, India, Tunisia, Spain and Morocco influenced my early work and still filter through into my English landscapes.

Every summer I paint a small collection inspired by Galicia in Northern Spain and I am hoping for a future Artist Residency with Nautilus in Lanzarote to paint that striking sculptural land. For the rest of this year and throughout 2019, I am Artist in Residence at The Yorkshire Arboretum near Castle Howard.

We are fortunate to live in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in North Yorkshire. Our house has no vehicular access. Mature Beech trees, the river Derwent and gentle hills surround me. I paint largely in fields, taking materials out in my wheelbarrow, balancing canvases on hedges until the previous layer is dry. In a day there may be up to six pieces of work  strewn around the countryside waiting for the next stage in their development.

Working initially from what I see, I return at some point to complete paintings in the studio. Built on observation and emotional impact, the work becomes a  hybrid between the real and imagined, the seen and felt. Sketching is often done on the canvas itself  as I try to capture the immediate presence of a moment. The power and subtlety of colour is central to my practice. I spend a long time building surfaces, taking paint and images away and adding new, until balance, depth clarity and surprise are found.

As we move into a more mechanised digital world, where many people are increasingly divorced from the land and any relationship with it, my work seeks to record the power and beauty of the natural world, to document a period in time and capture moments and places that may never exist in the same way again.

A believer in the importance beauty and the uplifting properties of Art, I like to think of my paintings as Talisman. They will reveal themselves over time with their rich histories of place, layers and colour.

I try to capture the immediate presence of a moment. I am a hunter, catching seasons before they change. The power and subtlety of colour is central to my practice.

Lesley Seeger - artist and painting workshop teacher



Feb 26 - March 2: Hope Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London
April 6/7 & 13/14: York Open Studios,
Sep: Yorkshire Arboretum
Nov 5 - Jan 3 2020: Solo exhibition, Helmsley Art Centre 


Mar 17-May 12: The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkudbright
Apr 14/15 & 21/22: York Open Studios,
Jun 23-Sep 2: Cambridge Contemporary Gallery, Summer Show,
Jul - present: Saltbox, Helmsley
Nov: Number Four Gallery, St Abbs
Oct 25-27: Art For Youth North, Topcliffe
Nov: Cambridge Contemporary


Jan 28-Mar 11: Pyramid Gallery York, Antidote to an English Winter,  
Mar 2-25: The Witham, Barnard Castle, A Dream of the Sea,  
Apr 1: Newby Hall,
Apr 21-Apr 30: Burton Agnes Hall, Artist in Residence
Apr 1-May 21:  Ryedale Folk Museum, Ryescape
May 21-Jul 2:  Sunny Bank Mills, Life Lines, Leeds
Jun 3,4,10 & 11:  North Yorkshire Open Studios 
Jun 17-Sep 3:  Mercer Gallery, Harrogate Open Exhibition  
Jul 25-Sep 3:  Pannett Gallery, Curating Space - Whitby
Aug 2-31: Staithes Studio Gallery, Relational Charm,
Oct 20-Nov 4: Pyramid Gallery, York, Ocean,
Oct 7-Jan 19:  Silson Gallery, Harrogate, Yorkshire Created
Nov 4/5 (opening weekend) until Dec: Lund Gallery, Easingwold


Jun 1-30: Just Makers, The Bath House, Harlow Carr, Harrogate
Aug 29-Sep 30: Yorkshire Arboretum - Castle Howard 
Sep 9-11: Staithes Festival 
Sep 3-25: The Great North Art Show 
Oct 8-Nov 12: Blue Tree Gallery - York
Nov 11 onward: The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle



Art & Rose, Pocklington
Saltbox Gallery, Helmsley
North Yorkshire Open Studios
According to McGee, York

Saltbox Gallery, Helmsley
North Yorkshire Open Studios
Pyramid Gallery, York
York Open Studios 

Pyramid Gallery York
Saltbox Gallery Helmsley
York Open Studios

Saltbox Gallery, Helmsley
York Open Studios

Artspace, York

York Open Studios
Saltbox Gallery Helmsley
March Pyramid Gallery York

Art Space, York
Norman Rea Gallery, York University
Staithes Gallery2008
York Open Studios


Staithes Gallery

York Open Studios
Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh

York Open Studios
The Barge, Goole
University Of York St John

Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk

Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk

Waterstones, York

Art Gallery, Helmsley

(photographs by Lucy Saggers & Joe Thomas)