Paradise Found: Modern Art in the Blackdown Hills, Past and Present
18 March 2023 to 3 June 2023
Exhibition exploring the Blackdown Hills through the artist’s lens past and present.
Between 1911 and 1925 the Blackdown Hills were a source of inspiration for members of the avant-garde painters of the Camden Town Group. They captured the ancient landscape and its particularity with the progressive French artistic approach of Cezanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh.
For this exhibition, contemporary artists including past and present members of The London Group (previously call the Camden Town Group), have been invited to revisit the same sites which the Camden Towners chose to paint and capture the scenes again.These works will be shown alongside original works by members of the Camden Town Group including the artist Robert Bevan.
The environment has changed little over the last 100 years, partly due to its inaccessibility for modern development. From the surreal, abstracted, expressionist and the hyper-real to the conceptual and post-modern, the Blackdown subjects will be a vehicle to survey and consider recent developments of drawing and painting in the British landscape tradition.
Art history and artist talks and workshops will be included as part of the exhibition programme, as well as guided walks and ecological commentaries in the landscape.
This project has been made possible through partnerships with the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding National Beauty and the Bevan family
Image: Robert Polehill Bevan, The Hay Harvest
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