/ Climbers who paint

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cragrat.craig on 25 Nov 2012
I was reading this the other day http://www.cheaptents.com/blog/renan-ozturk-pro-climber-and-artist/ , and being a climber and a painter myself it got me thinking, how many climbers out there are also artists and is there a link between the two?
grit.king.117 - on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to cragrat.craig:
I do both but I dont paint about climbing if that helps
jonathan shepherd - on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to cragrat.craig: I do both, not sure if there's a link though.
Al Evans on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to jonathan shepherd: Well theres John Redhead and Andy Parkin for a start, Gary Gibsons brother Phil is not a bad artist plus other contemparies. Ginger Cain for instance, and in the classic water colours style Jill Aldersley was pretty keen, I remember her carrying paints and water colours to paint The Devils Slide while she accompanied us on an ascent of Albion on Lundy. She was furiously painting on the belay while waiting her turn to climb.
Tall Clare - on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to cragrat.craig:

I paint a bit but I mostly photograph and write. That said, I'm not climbing much at the moment...
Doug on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to cragrat.craig: See http://www.wee-epics.com/squizz/

I've never met her, but know her dad a little (he's a guide working at Glenmore Lodge)
grit.king.117 - on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to cragrat.craig:
this guy looks llike he links it http://mikedunnepaintings.blogspot.co.uk/
In reply to cragrat.craig: I think there was someone on here called Wee Jamie, or something similar, who was on the TV a while ago.
Sean Kelly - on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to Al Evans:
Jill Aldersley was pretty keen, I remember her carrying paints and water colours to paint The Devils Slide while she accompanied us on an ascent of Albion on Lundy. She was furiously painting on the belay while waiting her turn to climb.

Al, I was once staying at the FRCC Raw Head, when I noticed this elderly lady painting in the corner of the hut. I remarked that her style was very reminiscent of Jill Aldersley. " I am Jill Aldersley!" she retorted. I probably have about half a dozen of her pictures including her aniversary edition of the 'Napes' first ascent.

Al Evans on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to Sean Kelly: Jill was also a great lady, as well as being a much more than competent climber and also being an artist.
Mark Kemball - on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to cragrat.craig: Simon Young - when he ran the Barn, there were various of his paintings on the wall. When the Barn was near Bude, he'd often be painting while folks climbed.
Al Evans on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to Mark Kemball: I visited The Barn when it had just opened (near Bude) I never realised that Simon was an artist.
Mark Kemball - on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to Al Evans: Yes, used to teach art at Shebere College before leaving to set up the Barn.
Only a hill - on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to cragrat.craig:
Jamie Hageman springs to mind.

Have you read "The Mountaineer as Artist" by George Mallory? An illuminating essay on the link between mountaineering and art.
daveje - on 25 Nov 2012
In reply to cragrat.craig:
Mirjam Verbeek used to be Dutch champion, still climbs (and teaches), and she has an art exhibition opening next month in Amsterdam.
PatDeavoll - on 25 Nov 2012
Ive started painting in the last year. I find it really absorbing and relaxing and a good foil to my expedition climbing. Its a chance to be at home, hang out with my cat, while feeling im actually doing something.
Gordon Stainforth - on 26 Nov 2012
In reply to Only a hill:
> (In reply to cragrat.craig)
> Jamie Hageman springs to mind.
>

Yes, Wee Jamie is, IMHO, the outstanding example I can think of in UK at the moment. There are many others of course, but I think he's in a class of his own.

Guy - on 26 Nov 2012
In reply to cragrat.craig: There is also Rob Fairley http://www.robfairley.com/
David Myatt - on 26 Nov 2012
In reply to cragrat.craig: I met my (now) wife through climbing. Her website has a range of pics but mostly not climbing specific, as that's a small market and its hard enough making a living as an artist as it is. Her climbing pics range from the Verdon to the Old Man of Hoy, but don't feature ice climbing as she gets too cold!

http://www.clareyarrington.com/
Jim Walton on 26 Nov 2012
In reply to Gordon Stainforth: I think Julian Cooper's work is just amazing, I'd probably sell a Kidney and my big toe to get one of his works.
http://www.juliancooper.co.uk/
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Christheclimber - on 26 Nov 2012
In reply to cragrat.craig:

I climb and paint but not at the same time........
Gordon Stainforth - on 26 Nov 2012
In reply to Jim Walton:

I agree re Julian Cooper.
Gordon Stainforth - on 26 Nov 2012
In reply to Jim Walton:

PS. There is also some very fine work by one artist exhibited at Outside, Hathersage, whose name escapes me. But if my arm was twisted I would probably say the three who have impressed me most are Heaton and Julian Cooper and Jamie H. Some who are particularly gifted at drawing beautiful crag diagrams that somehow really understand the rock are: R B Evans, Phil Gibson and Malcolm Baxter.

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