Hugo Grenville's romantic oil paintings are timeless and quintessentially English

I Remember Well That Summer Place © Hugo Grenville

A painter of colour, light and pattern and inspired by his love of Bonnard, Matisse and Heron, Hugo Grenville is an artist whose work is steeped in timeless romance and English life.

His latest solo show at David Simon Contemporary in Castle Cary features a collection of new paintings of female figures in interiors showing his passion for fabrics and pattern as well as some landscape paintings.

"My paintings are an unashamed and joyous celebration of life, a passionate defence of beauty and domestic harmony, steeped in the English Romantic tradition. I would like the work to stand as a symbol of promise in a world where satire and irony predominate, and to express our sense of existence through the recognition of the transforming power of colour and light," he exclaims.

Described by writer Helen Rosslyn as someone who "transcends all those to find an artistic expression that is entirely his own", Hugo first exhibited in London at the Chelsea Arts Society at the age of 15, although it took him another 14 years to become a full-time painter.

Today, Hugo has forged an enviable reputation as one of the country’s leading colourist painters, resulting in invitations to lecture and teach from institutions such as Falmouth School of Art and the V&A Museum. You can discover more at hugogrenville.com or see his latest works at the David Simon Contemporary gallery in Castle Cary until 30 May 2019.

The Mill on the Yonne Oil © Hugo Grenville

The Mill on the Yonne Oil © Hugo Grenville

Freya In Reflection © Hugo Grenville

Freya In Reflection © Hugo Grenville

Talking of Michelangelo © Hugo Grenville

Talking of Michelangelo © Hugo Grenville

Winter Morning at Milton Mill © Hugo Grenville

Winter Morning at Milton Mill © Hugo Grenville