Artist Ashley Jackson has been framed – and he wants others to follow suit.
The Holmfirth artist has come up with a new concept which showcases Yorkshire’s stunning landscapes.
His project involves a simple metal sculpture in the shape of a giant picture frame being erected at various locations on the moors and hills.
It would then enable visitors to capture a view of one of the iconic landscapes through an empty frame.
Jackson is famed for his broody watercolour interpretations of the landscapes in the county that has been his home for decades.
Now he hopes the ‘Framing the Landscape’ project, planned for the autumn, will inspire others to get involved.
He is collaborating with the Yorkshire Society and with Yorkshire Business in Arts to create a permanent outside art exhibition.
Jackson said: “I am fortunate that I still have a love affair with Yorkshire and until that ends I will carry on painting her contours.
“I hope that this inner feeling lasts a lifetime and that the moorland never fails to amaze me; I still get that “wow” feeling when I step on to the moor.
“But the moorland is not mine alone, she is there to be enjoyed and appreciated by others, we are just looking after our heritage for future generations.”
The metal frame can be installed at specifically chosen locations to put the ‘landscape in the frame’ allowing visitors to gain a greater understanding of the surrounding landscape from an artist’s view point and hopefully engage with schools and young children to become a significant reference in protecting the Yorkshire heritage for future generations.
Jackson said: “There are many stunning locations around Yorkshire that could be considered for the concept from the Isle of Skye above Holmfirth to framing Holme Moss and the iconic mast, or at Hebden framing Stoodley Pike or Bradford involving a location that was frequented by the Bronte sisters.
“It should bring together culture, heritage and the landscape”.
The Yorkshire Society’s Keith Madeley said: “I know my contacts in education will be excited with Framing the Landscape as it is very inclusive hence one of the reasons why the Yorkshire Society are excited about the prospect of working with Ashley and Yorkshire Business in the Arts to ensure its success.”