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Church With New Moon

Date made: 1996

Artist: Sayle, Norman

Description: Church and graveyard in horizontal blocks. Top - sky and new moon in centre, ruined church beneath and stone wall. Central block - green graveyard with line of stones running from centre foreground to rear.

Norman Sayle is one of the most celebrated Manx artists of recent times. He attended the Douglas School for Boys and the Douglas School of Art and from 1948-1952, going on to study graphic design at the School of Art, Goldsmith’s College, London University. On his return to the Isle of Man in 1954 he was appointed assistant lecturer at the School of Technology, Arts and Crafts in Douglas. Here he stayed for 35 years - the rest of his professional life - until his retirement in 1989.
As a teacher, Sayle was described to have been gifted, charismatic and humorous, often stating that ‘nothing is ever as bad as its painted to be’. He cared deeply about his work and students, and inspired a future generation of Manx artists.

Retirement liberated Sayle's true creative capacities. He went on to become a prolific landscape watercolourist, with churches and chapels a frequent subject matter for his painting. Sayle's love of the Isle of Man was reflected in his work and he described his paintings as a homage to the Manx landscape:
"My aim is to express my devotion to the Manx countryside, its grey churches, stone circles, slate walls by reconciling three components: the subject matter, the structure

Measurements: frame: 63 x 79 cm

Materials: Watercolour & Paper

Object name: Painting

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1997-0079

Subject tags : #artgallerywall


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