The City and the Country: Painting the landscape

1 March - 8 April 2017



This exhibition throws a spotlight onto contemporary landscape and cityscape painting and features some of the most prominent painters working today; Robert E Wells RBA, David Sawyer RBA and the much collected work of Emma Dunbar, as well as the work of treasured Pennine painter Peter Brook RBA (1927-2009). We are pleased to introduce Jennifer Greenland, a young painter based in the Surrey Hills whose evocative oils of London bring a new freshness to well known scenes. Sarah Ollerenshaw is an artist working from Wimbledon Art Studios; her scenes of bluebell woods capture the dappled light and shade in which these woodland dwellers thrive and are redolent of idyllic walks in the British countryside. Locally based Melanie Bellis makes atmospheric etchings of London architecture developed from studies done on location. Her confident lines capture the thrusting dynamism of the city, whilst the medium of etching lends itself ideally to the stark, linear nature of her urban subject matter. We are also delighted to introduce Minnie Shaw Stewart, a landscape painter living in West Berkshire. Working mostly in oil on board, Minnie’s loose, painterly brushstrokes embody the rolling, bucolic landscapes that surround her. Joining these new talents are some of our best loved gallery artists Lana Okiro, Colin Cook, Richard Colson and Teresa Chlapowski. Lana Okiro’s heavy impasto oils are imbued with light and throb with jewel like colours, bringing her landscapes to life with bold brushstrokes and dynamic compositions. Whitby based Colin Cook has swiftly become one of our most in demand artists; his confident mark making and finely balanced compositions capture the ever changing light of the North Eastern coasts and moors that lie on his doorstep. Richard Colson is a painters painter; his loosely described landscapes and London scenes convey a feeling of place with a skill that seems effortless. Complementing this is sculpture by Teresa Chlapowski; an artist working with fused, sand and kiln cast glass. Her use of vivid colour and dynamic forms infuses each piece with energy and vitality and makes her in high demand.