Landscape in Mind
Grapevine Gallery, Norwich
This collection of paintings and prints are inspired both by recollection and direct observation of the landscape.
Linda Looker's works entitled Estuary convey the quality of a hazy bright day, and are divided in a simple yet harmonious style.
Wielding arresting proportions in her piece Fen Yellows, Jane Sanger uses focused illumination to help ensure the sky and land fuse. A fence provides the only perspective reference in this semi-abstract piece.
I loved the fact the co-ordinates of David Gallant's photographs form the title of each piece, so you can purchase the work then share the experience! The series of shots including a Bedouin tent, derelict house, rocky scrubland and snow-capped mountain could be proofs for a brochure promoting inhospitable locations.
Sister Deirdre Corfe uses bold surface textures expressively. Observation Point, a landscape by this Carmelite nun, evokes the effect of the passage of sunlight through clouds.
I particularly admired the compelling linearity with which Seas Edge by Martin Battye suggests dark coastal mud flats, the samphire beds indicated as a blur of green. The acrylic surface is heavily underscored to reveal sparkles of sand-like quartz, bringing a dynamic light to the composition.
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t Landscape in Mind continues to March 7. The Grapevine Gallery is at 109 Unthank Road, Norwich, open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5.30pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Telephone 01603 760660.