Lionel Playford has been practising professionally as a painter since graduating in Fine Art from Northumbria University in 1991. He has shown work in London, Edinburgh and the USA but currently shows mainly in galleries in northern England.

He has undertaken 6 art residencies in northeast England since 1992 two for Year of the Artist in 2000-2001. The latest is a Leverhulme Trust residency with the University of Northumbria working alongside climate change scientist Prof John Woodward and in the Dept of Arts Paper Studio Northumbria. This has involved the practice of sculptural paper making using grasses and mosses collected on the North Pennine moors as well as an ambitious series of moorland 'weather-world' drawings.

He has been involved in a broad range of art practice and teaching and studied for a Masters Degree in Fine Art at Newcastle University in 1997-99 which included a period at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland Ohio, USA.

Lionel currently lives and works in the North Pennine village of Garrigill, near Alston, Cumbria where he farms and hunts the hills, valleys and skies of upper Tynedale, Weardale and Teesdale for inspiration. His current practice involves drawing on location with found materials such as peat, clay, shale and soil and studio painting which ranges from direct responses to the 'weather-world' drawings to inventing more fanciful images that try to express a sense of what it is to live in the modern world in which his anxieties about climate change, consumerism and global politics lurk behind the picture surface.

In 2007 he created Rose House Studio and Gallery on the Pennine Way as a way of integrating home and work life and significantly reducing his carbon footprint. The studio looks out over an ancient flower meadow and up to Rotherhope Fell peat moor not far from Cross Fell, the highest point in the North Pennines.

Current exhibitions: Bowlees Visitor Centre gallery, Teesdale. Alston Aspire Summer Show, St Augustine's church, Alston Cumbria. Rose House Studio summer show.

Art teaching includes Pennine Painting Art Courses at Rose House Studio, residential courses with Higham Hall College in the Lake District and workshops and demonstrations with a variety of organisations including schools, youth groups, adult art societies.

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