LANDSCAPE: IMPRINT

Brewhouse Gallery, Taunton

14 January to 18 February 2012

and at ORCHESTRA IN A FIELD, GLASTONBURY ABBEY

30 JUNE AND 1 JULY 2012

for more details go to www.orchestrainafield.com

 

Parrett and Tone, Oil on linen, 183x91.5cm, 2011

 

Landscape: Imprint at the Brewhouse

 

 

 


Richard Pomeroy has made a dramatic series of paintings about the Somerset Levels. You cannot cast your eye over the level landscape to the east of Taunton and not witness man's intimate involvement with the land over thousands of years. The view is history illustrated. The drains, rhynes, ditches, trackways and droves have all been created over many thousands of years in an attempt to tame the flooding rivers and threatening sea and make the fertile land productive.

These new paintings explore this landscape/humanity link. They are based around a body print. The artist lies down in carefully prepared wet paint on primed linen. The resulting image can form the dramatic centrepiece of the painting or be gradually subsumed by the subsequent layers of paint. The clothing is clearly modern, zips and denim defining the figure as contemporary. This physical union between body and landscape dramatises the subject of the paintings and creates a memorable image.

Pomeroy has approached the subject through three separate strands: aerial views - which are the only way to display the winding river courses and straight rhynes; the tor, which crops up continually as an astonishing geographical landmark and a powerful spiritual centre; the willow trees, which are a vital crop and provide sculptural verticals in a flat land. In each painting the body print represents human involvement with the landscape, capturing the drama of the relationship.


 

Pollarded Willow 2, Oil on linen, 183x91.5cm, 2011

Pollarded Willow 1, Oil on linen, 183x91.5cm, 2011

River Brue, Oil on linen, 183x91.5cm, 2011

Tor from Wearyall Hill 1, Oil on linen, 183x91.5cm, 2011

River Axe, Oil on linen, 183x91.5cm, 201

Tor from Wearyall Hill 3, Oil on linen, 183x91.5cm, 201

Tor to Sea, Oil on linen, 183x91.5cm, 201

Tor from Wearyall Hill 2, Oil on linen, 183x91.5cm, 201

Parrett and Brue, Oil on linen, 183x91.5cm, 201