Vale of York
Saskia Berkin

Vale of York



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Worked in impressionistic blocks of colour, Berkin convincingly condenses the landscapes within the ‘Vale of York’ into abstracted layers. The perspectival strokes in the foreground and middle ground encourages our gaze to study deep within the painting, where we immediately identify the distant shrubbery and trees that gently mix and dissolve into the cyan blues of the sky.

Inspired by Cezanne’s quote; “The painter gives concrete expression to his sensations, his perceptions, by means of line and colour”, Berkin is a figurative artist working with the principle that drawing builds a foundation for a successful painting. In the artist’s words, colour should be used to enhance the organisation and definition of observed space and form.


With a background in science, Berkin is particularly interested in visual perception; understanding how our brains translate the information before us when painting from life, and the subsequent observations one makes of this representation.

  • Original piece
  • Material: Oil on Board
  • Framed: Yes
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