Jake Attree, (Born 1950) Yorkshire artist - View of Leeds
Oil on canvas, signed and dated verso: J Attree, 1992
The subject is a view across the City of Leeds taken from the artists studio on Maris Street which has since been demolished to develop a new road system. The painting is based upon a series of drawings. It was exhibited at Art Space Gallery, Michael Richardson Contemporary Art, St Peter's Street, London in 1993. The artist has exhibited widely in the UK over the past 25 years and has also exhibited work in America, Holland and Germany.
Born in York, Jake Attree now lives at Saltaire West Yorkshire and works from a studio at Dean Clough in Halifax, an enormous mill complex that once housed Crossley Carpets. He is a figurative artist in the sense that everything he paints is based on something he has observed. He layers his paint in a heavy impasto style using a combination of both vibrant and earthy colours to produce distinctive heavily textured works.
He attended a secondary modern school in York and his art education was initially at York College of Art, the Liverpool Art College and finally the Royal Academy of Arts, 1974 - 1977, where he was awarded the Creswick Prize and the Landseer Prize respectively for his landscape and figurative work.