‘The Landscape’ – Mixed exhibition
16th October – 13th November 2021
Above: ‘The Sweep of the Land’ detail. Mixed media on wood panel. 30 x 60cm
‘Stonewall’ Cheryl Culver
We all have a personal interpretation of ‘landscape’. It is invariably green, a landscape of pasture land, lined with trees and hedgerows, sheep or cattle grazing. For some of us that describes the countryside that we love and inhabit.
This is the landscape that has meaning for figurative artists Cheryl Culver and Annie Ovenden, the places they study are where they feel most at ease and most familiar. They know each tree, each rock and boulder as they know themselves.
For Zoë Taylor it’s the bleakness of the Brecon Beacons, the bones of a place and the feelings it evokes. A baring of the soul. Ross Loveday too, is in this camp, for him painting becomes a physical expression of emotion.
Sharon Griffin reminds us that the landscape we see is not just about geology but also about human occupation. Her ceramic sculptures, ‘Self ’, are made with inclusions and engobes often using local materials from the woods around The Ercall and The Wrekin.
Mary Elliott October 2021