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Unquiet Landscapes: BRITISH ART POST - 1945, A VIEW FROM SIX WESTCOUNTRY ARTISTS

02mar(mar 2)11:00 am07apr(apr 7)4:00 pmUnquiet Landscapes: BRITISH ART POST - 1945, A VIEW FROM SIX WESTCOUNTRY ARTISTS

Event Details

Six great Westcountry artists:

ALLIN BRAUND (1915–2004) Royal Academy

PHILIP BULSON (1925-2021)C.B.E RSA

ARTHUR HOMESHAW (1933-2011)Royal West Academy. Royal Academy.

ROY RALPH (1931-2005) Royal College of Art

SONIA ROBINSON (1927- current) Royal Society Marine Artists, Society of Women Artists. Newlyn Society of Artists, St. Ives Society of Artists

RICHARD SLATER (1927-2023) Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. St Ives Society of Artists.

 

Britain, in the aftermath of the Second World War, was a changed society. War had shown yet again that it was the great locomotive force of change. In terms of West Country artists who would come to prominence in this post- war period a number had fought and survived the war: Terry Frost, Sven Berlin, and Allin Braund all fall into this category. The term ’Neo-romantic’ in the post -war period came to take on a specific meaning, referring to a revival of interest in landscape and pastoral scenes of simplicity. It was a movement fuelled by nostalgia and inclined towards the melodramatic. What is unique about this exhibition is that all six artists saw a West Country they wanted to preserve. It was silent and secret, hushed in twilight, sunk under hot afternoons. They were often places of accumulated history. In this process an edge has been sharpened, a river slightly redesigned and simplified. Many of the artists in this exhibition altered their landscapes away from the familiar logic by the influence of European abstract artists like Paul Klee. Something round became something sharp.

What these very different artists have in common is that they sum up their views by revealing their essential nature; the light, space, stoniness or blueness. These paintings make you want to walk to the next hill and drink in the view. Wildwood Arts moves us into Spring and delivers, as always, quality art.

 

Time

March 2 (Saturday) 11:00 am - April 7 (Sunday) 4:00 pm(GMT+00:00)