Pictures of tangled vegetation painted in subdued colours were John North’s speciality. A figure amongst the dense undergrowth on the right fans a fire with a blanket and smoke rises above.North was a designer of illustrations and a water colourist. He was associated with a group of artists known as the Idyllists because of the sensitive and ethereal qualities of their landscapes. He was also a close friend of the artist Frederick Walker whose painting The Vagrants is on display nearby. North was influenced by his meticulous and poetic representations of nature.
Gallery label, July 2007