Sharon Bamber Fine Art

1000 Miles: Walking & Painting the Way of Saint James

a portrait of the Camino de Santiago

 

On 1 September 2018, I set out to walk and paint the Way of Saint James, also known as the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. I walked 1000 miles (1600km) through France and Spain alongside my donkey, Dupon, stopping to paint en plein air every 5 miles (8km) along the entire route.

Each painting took 3 hours. The journey took 6 months.

The resulting body of work, consisting of 200 plein air paintings, tells the story of this ancient route as it is today. 

Exhibition image of 1000 miles walking & painting the Way of Saint James by Sharon Bamber

This is my most ambitious and monumental work to date. Placed end to end, the paintings span 200 linear feet (over 60 metres). I hope to take the entire exhibition – the paintings with their accompanying narratives – on a live tour once travel is permitted again.

 

ONLINE EXHIBITION VIDEOS

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Coming soon

Video of Sharon talking about the project

A flavour of the journey

A selection of the paintings alongside their scenes

PART 1: Paintings 1-50 Le Puy-en-Velay to Moissac on the Via Podiensis (France)

PART 2: Paintings 51-91 Moissac to St. Jean-Pied-de-Port on the Via Podiensis (France)

PART 3: Paintings 91-149 St. Jean-Pied-de-Port to Leon on the Camino de Santiago (Spain)

PART 4: Paintings 150-200 Leon to Finisterre on the Camino de Santiago and the Camino Fisterra (Spain)

THE FULL EXHIBITION – 200 PAINTINGS WITH THEIR ACCOMPANYING NARRATIVE – CAN BE FOUND IN MY BOOK 

Through the 200 plein air paintings and their accompanying narrative, Sharon shares her conversation with the landscape, reflecting on both the fleeting nature of the present moment and the timelessness of this ancient route, gradually revealing its sense of place and connecting us to a journey that has been continuously undertaken over generations for more than a thousand years.

SEE SOME OF THE PAINTINGS IN THE SLIDESHOW BELOW.

(SCROLL BELOW THE SLIDESHOW TO SEE THUMBNAILS OF ALL 200 PAINTINGS)

200 PAINTINGS

 

THE FULL EXHIBITION – 200 PAINTINGS WITH THEIR ACCOMPANYING NARRATIVE – CAN BE FOUND IN MY BOOK 

Through the 200 plein air paintings and their accompanying narrative, Sharon shares her conversation with the landscape, reflecting on both the fleeting nature of the present moment and the timelessness of this ancient route, gradually revealing its sense of place and connecting us to a journey that has been continuously undertaken over generations for more than a thousand years.

NOW AVAILABLE

240 page hardback book of all 200 paintings from the journey with accompanying narrative

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