Love of the South Downs captured in exhibition

Looking Down from Mt Harry by Jaime Etherington
Looking Down from Mt Harry by Jaime Etherington

‘Over the Downs’, An Exhibition of paintings by Jaime Etherington, The Coach House Gallery, High Street, Alfriston, Saturday 4th – Thursday 16th August, Monday to Saturday 10.30am-5pm, Sunday noon-5pm.

LEWES artist, Jaime Etherington, is holding a solo exhibition of his work at the Coach House Gallery in Alfriston from Saturday 4th to Thursday 16th August.

Entitled ‘Over the Downs’ the exhibition reflects the artist’s lifelong love of the South Downs, his paintings taking inspiration from the subtle undulating hills, meandering chalk paths and ever changing light. Jaime observes that it is the combination of these elements that for him renders the Downland landscape so visually exciting.

With camera in hand he regularly traverses the Downs on foot or bike, most frequently between Lewes and Ditchling Beacon, but sometimes further afield, seeking to capture those brief transitory moments when the landscape, weather and light combine to create a unique visual image. On returning to his studio he transforms the selected photograph into an atmospheric painting that captures that moment.

Describing his style of painting as representational, but with a loose and lively technique, Jaime comments that working in oils provides a flexibility of texture and colour that enables him to best communicate the vibrancy of the Downland landscape to viewer.

Jaime studied at Eastbourne Art College before going on to achieve a BA in industrial design at Sheffield Hallam University. In addition to painting he has illustrated academic books for Routledge including archaeological and ornithological publications. The artist has previously exhibited at the Lansdown and Hop Galleries in Lewes.