Review: Art and Literature Festival Exhibition

As part of the Art and Literature Festival the Mount House Gallery opened its doors to a show called ‘Interpreting the Landscape’.

Visitors viewed special works of art by seven artists dedicated to visualising their fascination with the landscape, together with many works kindly loaned by the Albert Irvin Estate, Belgrave St Ives, Advanced Graphics London, contributing artists and private collectors.

Works by rarely exhibited by artists Wilhelmina Barns-Graham CBE, Maurice Cockrill RA, Albert Irvin OBE RA, and Peter Lanyon, were thoughtfully curated alongside those of contemporary artists Michael Gaca, Jason Lilley and Jonathan Parnham.

I particularly enjoyed seeing the artworks after I had attended Mr Parnham’s ‘Call of the Wild Landscape’ talk, which explained the reasons for selecting the group of exhibiting artists. Some were chosen through the connection of friendships, or shared interests in innovating the means to view and paint physical environments, as with Lanyon and Irvin. All the artists also shared passions in visually recording an emotional, as well as topographical, inspiration.

During the evening, I was lucky to meet Michael Gaca, exhibiting artist and Director of Belgrave St Ives and Jason Lilley, who talked to some of the visitors and answered questions about his manner of working that includes creating visual metaphors and echoing archaeological investigations within his paintings, as he adapts to the changing landscape of the Cornish coastline.

Thank you to the Albert Irvin Estate, visitors and the contributing artists who joined us for the opening evening to celebrate artistic creativity, endeavour and dedication to the evolving landscapes that surround us. It was also a pleasure to be asked to photograph both the Art & Literature Festival talk and exhibition.

Henry Bentley (TU L6)

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