A Sense of Place
21st September – 26th October 2019
British artist’s roots and significant places. Featuring: Ann McCay Melissa Scott Miller, Andrew Lansley, Claire Scott, Matthew Wood, Sam Travers, Deiniol Williams and more.
We often remember places that were special to us as children, a favourite holiday, a beach, a campsite, a hill, a lake. We have good memories of them and as we get older we add to the list of places that have a special meaning to us.
Apart from attaching our personal memory, why do some places have unique qualities that provide meaning to a location? It could be visual, cultural, spiritual, a ‘feeling’ by any number of visitors and inhabitants.
It could be somewhere that we have experienced directly, or it could be somewhere that we imagine. We hear or read about a place and get a sense of what it is like before we set off.
Ann McCay paints views of rivers and gardens containing recurring images and familiar structures.
Andrew Lansley spent years drawing and painting Antarctica before he actually visited. Melissa Scott Miller’s paintings show us London’s streets and squares, with trees, shrubs and flowers. This is her unique view of the busy capital.
Sam Travers is drawn to the hills, now where he lives in Wiltshire but also Shropshire where he grew up, his childhood special place.
Matthew Wood is often found in to be painting in an historic home, usually on the Welsh borders. A simple painting of a staircase or a hallway hold meaning for him.
Claire Scott, whose family have farmed the Shropshire hills for many years, returns to her roots and finds a deep sense of place, emotionally drawn by the colour of a field, a dense patch of grass or bluebells.
The ceramics of Deiniol Williams have inclusions of stones and pebbles, often from the Welsh farm where he grew up and where he often fires his pots. Liv Goode’s luminous and atmospheric abstract paintings convey nostalgic memory of times and feelings past. Verity Howard is a ceramic artist who responds to subjects surrounding people, history and places.