Archive for May, 2022

Our Picturesque Landscape

Starting a new project in the Dee Valley as artist in residence with Our Picturesque Landscape

Image: canal and river water flanking the ultimate picturesque view from Dinas Bran, with anti-erosion measures

At the beginning of May, I started a research phase, gathering material to develop into a series of large scale drawings in the style of a myriorama.┬áMyrioramas became a popular entertainment and educational tool in the early 1800’s, just as tourism was developing and as ideas of picturesque and sublime were being formed but also challenged by profound changes due to industrial and agricultural revolution. I will draw on this format ┬áto respond imaginatively to a range of sites along the Dee Valley, bringing them into new relationship. By including visual elements that reflect the dilemmas and pressures on the Dee Valley – an area of intense and often conflicting demands – the work will offer new perspectives and awareness of important issues. The interchangeability of panels disrupts linear expectations and allows varying narratives of sense of place – and extends conversation about beauty, value, risk, damage and loss, unexpected impacts of human activity, resilience and reparation.

Image below: 1824 Clake’s Myriorama

Hibernators / Gaearfgwyr

Jun 7 – Jul 2 2022
Group show ‘inspired by the time the world went to sleep’
The Art Shop, 8 Cross Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. NP7 6SD
Tuesday – Saturday 09:30 a 17:00

Earlier this year I returned to painting on cat’s eyes, making 2 distinct series: Route 1 and Route 2.
Here’s a tiny preview of Route 1 – this image is a close up of 2 paintings reflecting on inner and outer journeys. View from Eglwys Faen cave mouth and horseshoe bat in Agen Allwedd caving system, Mynydd Llangatwg (each lense 1.5cms – oil paint).

Thanks David Morgan Davies and the Art Shop