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Julian Le Bas
Born in 1958, Julian Le Bas is a Sussex based artist whose paintings re – awaken a sense of our
presence and emotional involvement in the natural world. Inspired by the South Downs and its
coastal area, his response seeks to bring weight and volume into light and space. The landscape he
Inhabits, is a live encounter, and desire to convey specific experiences.
Julian Le Bas was tutored at Brighton by Dennis Creffield and studied on the Post Graduate course
at Cyprus College of Art in 1984. He has exhibited widely and has work in The Towner Collection.
He is currently represented by Sarah O’Kane Contemporary Fine Art and has maintained a career
teaching painting and drawing, notably at the University of Brighton, Canterbury College of Art,
Morley College ( 2002 – 2017) and currently at HMP Lewes.
MIKE TUCKER -
‘Julian Le Bas speaks of the importance of being IN the motif. The best work comes when Le Bas is so attuned to the elements that he is able to allow the landscape to paint itself through him,materialising a lyrically charged,compelling quality of ( post-
JULIAN BELL -
'His blasting translations of the Channel in dirty weather are magnificent in their organized energy, sharing the spirit of Nolde's seascapes and standing the comparison’.
’Writing about Le Bas in the catalogue of his Towner show of 1990, Creffield hailed him as ' The Lover and Poet of The South Downs' and said how hard it is to make authentic images of this land , experienced as of now but redolent also of 'where earliest feet trod (in England we don't look for our ancestors in Caves but up there on the Downs)'.
NORBERT LYNTON -
’For Julian Le Bas landscape is a live encounter and art of reenacting of specific experiences , in paint or with charcoal on paper. He was taught for a while by Dennis Creffield and shares his way of using marks to represent key features in the motif and at the same time the artist s relationship to it and to the act of drawing or painting’.