14 November 2019 – 12 January 2020
ABOVE AND BELOW BY PHIL ENTWISTLE
Paintings, Drawings and 3-D Models
Brantwood, the home of the great nineteenth-century thinker and social reformer John Ruskin, welcomes contemporary landscape painter Phil Entwistle to the Severn Studio for the third time. His previous exhibitions in 2010 and 2014 were both very successful.
‘Above and Below’ features Phil’s dramatic oil paintings of the slate quarries that Coniston is famed for, alongside an intriguing series of topographical drawings. Inspired by Ruskin’s belief that art should help us to see more clearly, the exhibition questions our perceptions of the landscape, and reflects on our relationship with it.
The work has been made specially for this beautiful venue, with its spectacular views of the mountains. Phil says “Coniston has been a special place to me since childhood. I grew up in Morecambe, with its glorious view across the Bay. We didn’t travel as much then, and the fells appeared to me as a mysterious land awaiting exploration. Ruskin’s insistence on close observation, ‘drawing so that we can learn to love nature’, continues to be a tremendous influence and challenge. I’ve done a lot of exploring in the area, and I hope my love for it comes out in this exhibition”.
For walkers, climbers, and anyone who enjoys the Lake District, this is an exhibition not to be missed.
Phil works as part of a Professional Practice Collective at Hull College School of Creative Arts, where he has been based since 2007. He looks at the landscape as an object rather than a place, emphasising the physical processes that take place on a geological timescale. Spending time exploring the terrain on foot is an essential part of his working practice.
The exhibition combines two very different ways of looking: the first is a detailed exploration of the Coniston Fells, both from maps and from observation on the ground. The drawings and models explore the relationship between the fells as represented on a map by countours and spot heights, and their appearance in reality.
The second focuses on the physical form of the rock, which in the recesses and caverns of the Coniston slate quarries is exposed in all its surprising variety. Phil’s paintings suggest parallels with geological processes – gravity controls the flow of paint on a sloping canvas, colour is laid down in strata, and brush strokes reconstruct the grain and fractures in the rock. Like the landscape, the surface of a painting may be repeatedly covered and re-exposed.
Phil’s work is also on Instagram @ a.geological.artist.
‘Above and Below’ opens on Thursday 14 November 2019, then every day Wed-Sun in the Severn Studio at Brantwood, 10.30am-4.00pm. Admission is included in the house or garden ticket.
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