Ian Mood is currently working towards a major solo show called Common Ground at The Burslem School of Art from a Burslem based studio.
Ian studied Fine Art at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and divides his time between his home just outside of Manchester and the US. His work features amongst collections in New York and Cape Cod. He is a member of the Artists’ Association of Nantucket where he was awarded the Frank Swift Chase Plein Air Award 2014.
Ian grew up in Stoke on Trent, a city he still feels passionately about and returns to often to paint. His earliest memories are of sitting painting with his granddad, a well respected watercolourist in his own right, whose brushes Ian still uses to this day. His grandad was also a keen recorder and photographed many of the places he painted, during 2017 Ian is looking forward to painting a number of the locations held dear by his grandad which will be a treat to look forward to.
Originally from Chell near to Burslem he attended night classes for a time with lecturer Enos Lovatt and North Staffordshire Polytechnic. It was Enos who helped him to keep on painting in those early days, so Barewall are delighted to be able to have work by Ian in the gallery in Burslem alongside one of his early mentors, Enos Lovatt.
A quote from Michael Howard of the Royal Society of Arts and author of books on LS Lowry:
‘Ian Mood is an artist who is drawn towards the shifting vastness of the landscape; it’s unpredictability and awesome might. Through his work he seeks to capture some of the defining qualities of our brooding landscape: how, in the space of a single walk one can experience all the vagaries of the English weather system – from being caught in a sudden downpour to the unexpected flash of brilliant light that breaks through the pearly canopy of low-lying cloud.’
This quote from Micheal Howard makes me wonder if Ian spent many a time up on the moorlands of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.