David Lidbetter developed an early appreciation for the Canadian wilderness. Highly collected and sought after, Lidbetter's bold yet subtle paintings have been described as "contemporary feeling Group of Seven scenes pared down to their essentials... mood seems more important than the actual details of forests, rivers and skies."
After many years of exploring various media and subject matter, Lidbetter has spent the last ten painting highly identifiable and unquestionably Canadian landscapes in oil. Lidbetter works close to his home and studio of Ottawa, Canada in areas like Temagami, Gatineau and Algonquin Park. It is no coincidence that his work is reminiscent to the vistas explored by other landscape painters like Tom Thompson and The Group of Seven.
The scenes that capture me are often the ones that would immediately be overlooked by others. Something usually catches my eye, such as a change of light or a strong contrast of colour shapes. I look for inspiration in what may be considered bleak and desolate landscapes. A blanket of winter snow with a single bare tree silhouetted against a cold grey sky. A band of translucent, pale orange light breaking through a dark storm cloud over a frozen lake or a single autumn leaf left hanging after the first winter storm provides endless possibilities for dramatic paintings. By looking past what one might consider the more conventional beauty of nature, I attempt to illuminate the unexpected.
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- “Matching local artists’ work with stunning home decor - David Lidbetter” by Paul Gessel, Ottawa Magazine (January 2, 2019)
- “Around Town: New exhibit by artist David Lidbetter helps to protect Ottawa River” by Caroline Phillips, Ottawa Citizen (December 9, 2016)