This talk will examine two crucial aspects of Colin Middleton’s work throughout his career, the landscape and the role of drawing, as well as their relationship with each other. Middleton was a draughtsman of remarkable skill and versatility and it was usually in drawings that ideas were first explored or that the initial response to a landscape would occur. As he never painted directly from the landscape, Middleton’s sketchbooks record his interaction with the places that were so crucial to him in the conception of his paintings, but he also made numerous independent drawings which he exhibited regularly from the 1930s to the 1970s.
Colin Middleton established a highly influential modernist vision of the Ulster landscape and the places he painted present a biographical record across five decades as well as offering an insight into ideas and themes that remained constant in his work.
Looking at landscape
Looking at landscape workshop