5 November 2013
This is Part 19 of my occasional Landslides in Art series, this time featuring the Dorset artist Geoff Townson. Part 18 is here.
Geoff Townson is an artist based in that classic landslide area, the West Dorset. Given that he has both a degree and a PhD in geology, and he worked in the oil industry for almost 30 years, it is not surprising that much of his work (though not all by any means) features the geological aspects of landscapes. And given that he lives in such close proximity to many active landslides, it is equally unsurprising that landslides feature heavily in his work.
Geoff has a good website that shows his many works – his paintings are well-priced and some are available as cards as well. If you browse his Dorset Landscapes and Dorset Seascapes sections you’ll see a variety of landslide-related pictures. I thought I’d feature three here, all of which are within the classic landslide group on the West Dorset coast. First, this one is entitled “Evans Cliff Landslip Charmouth – Overview”:
Second is “Golden Cap from the Beach”:
And third is “Winter Walk – Black Ven”:
In my view Geoff’s great skill is his ability to capture the drama of the landscape – at times these landslides can be truly forbidding in their appearance – and also a sense of the dynamic nature of the landslide systems.