Known for epic vistas, dramatic natural settings, and imaginative landscapes, Thomas Cole’s work depicts nature at its most powerful and vulnerable.
His paintings glory in the unique terrain of the American Northeast – largely still unspoiled in his time - while serving as a cautionary tale about the use of natural resources in an increasingly industrial age.
Learn about this self-taught artist from Bolton, who became the father of landscape painting in the US.
James Heard is a freelance lecturer at the National Gallery with a particular interest in Flemish and Netherlandish painting. He is also a practising artist, having trained at Goldsmiths, and he has a studio in Antwerp. He worked in adult education before joining the Tate as curator of adult events and has held a comparable role at the National Portrait Gallery and at the National Gallery. He has taught at the main London Museums as well as Christies Education and Sotheby’s Institute. He has lectured in the US at the National Gallery, Washington DC, The Denver Art Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum.