New member: Martin Cosgrove

Our newest member, Martin Cosgrove, will be having a solo exhibition of oil paintings at Bradford Cathedral from 27 April to 3 June 2019. There will be an opportunity to meet him over wine and nibbles on 8 May 2019 when the doors will be open from 6:30pm for an informal talk starting 7.00pm. Free entry, all […]

Martin Cosgrove

I love the countryside and nothing inspires me more than a good walk in the Yorkshire Dales or along the North Norfolk coast. I love the drama of the landscape, the colours of the land and sky, the fresh air and the peace and tranquillity of getting away from people and civilisation: feeling totally alone in the land. I love being surrounded by the sound and aroma of nature and being challenged by inclines and weather. It is my personal response to this feeling of breath-taking, awe inspiring beauty that I try to capture and express in my paintings. I cannot ever replicate it but I can try to bring the outside in.

For me painting and drawing is all very meditative and contemplative. It involves a lot of stillness. I try, if at all possible, to get into that frame of mind when I am painting that artists sometimes call “flow”: when one becomes blissfully unaware of time passing or what is going on outside the studio. It’s a mental state where deep unconscious processes take over and art happens without too much conscious struggle.

I am one of the members of Artspace, the art committee organising art events and exhibitions at Bradford Cathedral in West Yorkshire. My role is to work with the other members of the committee in general terms and to curate some of the fine art exhibitions at the Cathedral.