AN artist from the American Mid-West has been bringing an outsider’s eye to bear on the landscape of Derbyshire and the Peak District - and the paintings that have resulted are now on show in a Sheffield gallery.
Tim Haglund has been based in Sheffield since January with his wife, a Fulbright Scholar who has taken up a temporary post at Sheffield University, and young family.
In his native Wisconsin he is well known for murals and paintings on canvas applied to walls and ceilings but has returned to landscape painting in recent years.
While over here he has taken the opportunity to explore Derbyshire with his oil paints and produced around 40 paintings of familiar scenes viewed through a foreign eye.
The Ecclesall Gallery on Ecclesall Road has chosen 19 of them to put on show, including scenes from Hathersage Moor, Padley Gorge, Burbage and Ladybower, etc. Haglund has committed himself to the ‘plein-air’ approach - painting in the location - whatever the weather.
“We have chosen to display them as if they were an exploding art book, scattering the paintings across a large wall with some of Tim’s notes scrawled on the wall next to them,” said the gallery’s Steve Mehdi.
Haglund sees the collection of paintings as representing a visual diary. “Each painting holds a visual memory of the time, place, and weather I’ve worked in.
“The work is about a moment in time,” he adds.”It’s about being there, rather than a process or a technique. Twenty years from now I’ll know exactly where I sat, and how I felt, sheltering from the wind.”
The paintings take no more than three or four hours to complete. “It will be what it will be. You can always improve,” he says. “There’s a lot of freedom in what I do. I’m not afraid to make mistakes.”
“It’s a record of six months in a different world,” he concludes. “It’s not different to what a writer would feel, or a photographer would see.”
Tim Haglund - An American View continues throughout July.