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A winter staying at home

Over Wyresdale 2020

Acrylic on canvas 50 x 50 cm

From September 2020 to March 2021 Milan followed CoVid restrictions and stayed at home, walking and drawing locally in places within seven miles of home. In the studio he painted small works in acrylic on canvas or board, derived mainly from these walks. I’ve put a selection in the Gallery: ‘Keeping local’: paintings 2020 – 2021 . There’ll be some more on the new GavaganArt website which is coming online soon: I’ll blog again when it is launched.

‘From the Elbe to the Lune’ at GavaganArt in Settle

Here’s the announcement of the opening of the exhibition:
 Milan Ivanič
From the Elbe to the Lune
9 November – 21 December 2019

Image: Milan Ivanič Autumn. Oil on canvas.
 You and your friends are invited
to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition.

Saturday 9 November 2019
12 noon – 3 pm
After 9 Nov, the gallery will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays,
11 – 4pm, until 21 Dec

Milan Ivanič has lived in Lancaster since 1986 when his wife Roz started working at Lancaster University. Originally from the former Czechoslovakia, Milan had a formal art school training in Prague, at the Hollar School of Art and the prestigious Prague Academy of Fine Arts.
Milan has immersed himself in the landscape of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria and for thirty years he has been out almost every day, drawing and painting. The River Ribble flowing through the limestone dales in Yorkshire and the River Lune in Lancashire, regularly feature in Milan’s paintings.

The Lune at Bullbeck

The Lune with Brookhouse Church 1992 Tempera 20 x 50 cm

We go to the Bullbeck car park at least once a week, to walk along the river and the disused railway there. The Lune at Bullbeck (in GALLERY) is a selection of Milan’s work from those walks, and some are from the car park itself. We always eat at the excellent fast food hut there; Milan works on drawings while I order. Several of these pictures will be shown in an exhibition at the GavaganArt Gallery in Settle, 9 November – 21 December 2019.

‘The Art of Music’ exhibition at King Street Studios

Glenn Easley 2000 Oil on board 53 x 41 cm with frame

Milan will have some paintings in the ‘Art of Music’ exhibition, starting next Friday, 13 Sept. (see details below). They will be selected from this picture of the piano tuner who came to our house while Suzanna was learning the piano, and the paintings of three musicians below. Milan drew them from the auditorium while they were playing, and painted them in the studio in the following days.

There will be works by over 30 artists in the exhibition.
If you live locally, do come to the Opening, or on any Friday or Saturday until 19th Oct.

Pictures of a cello rehearsal at Lucy’s Barn

On Friday evening Milan was invited to join seven other artists to draw and paint a cellist while she rehearsed for her performance the following day.

Li Lu rehearsing. 2019 Acrylic 45 x 35 cm
After the rehearsal 2019 Acrylic 20 x 27cm

The concert on Saturday 18th May was part of the Music in the Wood series of music events at Lucy’s Barn. At the concert one work by each artist would be sold in aid of  Cruse Bereavement Care Cumbria.

Milan did the painting ‘Li Lu rehearsing‘ for the concert, and he did the drawing ‘After the rehearsal’ from memory back in the studio.

Lanzarote – March 2019

Lanzarote drawings and watercoloursIMG_E1899

Lava fields  

We stayed in Oasis de Nazaret, near Teguise, with John and Erica Malaiperuman for eleven days. We were at a villa with a magnificent view of Las Montañas del Fuego in Timanfaya National Park. We went to our usual favourite places: the Jardin de Cactus, the Museo de Agricola – el Patio, Cesar Manrique’s home and studio, La Caldera de los Cuervos, El Golfo, the small fields where farmers are cultivating the edge of the lava flow, and of course, the volcanoes themselves. And the villa has a heated pool!

Milan went with ideas of paintings he would like to develop when he came home. He took only A5 sheets of paper, pencils and watercolours with him. With these he did 76 little paintings while we were there, and came home with a lot more ideas for paintings than he had when he set out.

Here’s a slideshow of 15 of his Lanzarote drawings and watercolours.

50 Years of Line and Paint

Milan Flyer 72dpi

Opening event: Saturday 6 April 6 – 8 pm

The exhibition is at the King Street Studios, Lancaster. There are 50 paintings and drawings in the exhibition, ranging from early work dated 1969 while Milan was at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, to a wide variety of recent work. The landscape associated with the River Lune and its estuary into Morecambe Bay feature in many of the paintings and drawings.

For a selection of work included in the exhibition,
see 50 years of Line and Paint.

Hanging day, Gallery 2

Hanging Day, King Street Studios Gallery 2

Wildwood exhibition

Some of Milan’s work was included in the wonderful ‘Wildwood’ exhibition at GavaganArt in Settle, November 2017 – January 2018.

These are the three pictures he sold there:


Terraced gardens at Caylus, Tarn et Garonne  2002 Oil on canvas 92 x 71 cm



Tree rooted in rock 2010  Pen and ink. 100 x 80 cm


Lone Fir

Lone fir – above Tarn Howes in The Lake District 2010 Acrylic on canvas 40 x 40cm