Landscape Art Exhibition at Hestercombe Gallery

TURNER Prize nominee Ingrid Pollard is among 14 artists featured in a new exhibition celebrating landscape through the language of contemporary painting.

Expanding Landscapes: Painting After Land Art is at the Hestercombe Gallery from November 12 to February 23, bringing together historic works by artists associated with Land Art, as well as prints from Pollard’s 2001 Landscape Trauma series and six contemporary artists who s engage directly with the landscape through the language of painting.

Works by artists associated with Land Art, including Nancy Holt, Andy Goldsworthy Robert Smithson, Richard Long, Michelle Stuart and Roger Ackling, will be exhibited alongside contemporary works by painters such as Hannah Brown, Onya McCausland, Fred Sorrell and Jessica Warboys.

Hestercombe Gallery curator Tim Martin said: “We can trace the history of land art back to when the 18th century landscape garden at Hestercombe was built, to Romanticism, where observations of light, time and human perception were seen as ways of thinking about nature and our relationship to the environment.

“We are delighted to be able to host this exhibition which is so closely linked to the history of the landscape of Hestercombe.”

In the 1960s and 1970s many artists left the studio and entered the landscape, using both the physical materials of the earth and their direct experience as source and inspiration for new works of art.

Land art emerged alongside conceptual art practices. However, for several decades landscape painting was considered an archaic activity of the past. Today, 50 years later, we are witnessing a return of landscape as a critical subject for contemporary artists of all disciplines.

Presented in the seven galleries of Hestercombe House, the exhibition examines the works of contemporary artists alongside historical works.

He explores the romantic motifs of land, sea and sky through a variety of materials and processes, including the physical experience of landscape as a creative act in itself.

Sharing a concern for the vulnerability of nature and the importance of our attention to it, of materiality and the recording of time, for all these artists and their predecessors the experience of being in the landscape is at the heart of the work.

Ingrid Pollard has been shortlisted for the 2022 Turner Prize for her solo exhibition “Carbon Slowly Turning”.

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