A former winner of first, second and third prizes in the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is one of the artists whose work will be on display at the University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre.
As Far As the Eye Can See is an exhibition of more than 50 paintings exploring landscape, often with reference to specific places, which will run from 3 November to 7 December 2001.
Prize-winning artist David Prentice, whose principal subject is the Malvern Hills, has provided a strong group of paintings in which atmosphere, space and exciting and vibrant colours all create a sense of place, time and a poetic sense of nature, unachievable in photography.
He writes: “My actual walking, cycling and other travels seem to resolve into images which have a significance of some kind or another (usually biographical) and it’s that which triggers a studio painting.”
London-based artist, Sally Booth, is also represented in the exhibition. Portraying Iceland, Lundy and New York City, many of her pictures feature long, narrow strips of images in watercolour, unfolding in a concertina of landscape themes. Others are single images such as clouds, volcanoes or hill-based wind turbines.
She writes: “As a partially-sighted artist, I am trying to find ways to express and celebrate ‘seeing as a sensation’ rather than just a means of getting us from A to B. Therefore painting and drawing to express the way I see, rather than how other people say I should see or paint, is what I am striving to achieve. My recent projects have taken me to more remote and dramatic locations such as Iceland, where I found the strange geological forms and a landscape dominated by weather.”
Alongside the paintings themselves, sculptor Ken Ford has provided a group of landscape-related works cast in bronze, and Dinah Prentice has created large wall hangings, constructed and sewn, adding another dimension to the exhibition.
Work by tutors from the Richard Attenborough Centre will also be featured, including Peter Clayton, Alan Caine and Jenny Gravette.
As Far as the Eye Can See at the Richard Attenborough Centre, University of Leicester, Lancaster Road Leicester, will be opened by the University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Burgess, on Saturday 3 November 2001. It will run to Friday 7 December 2001, opening hours 9.30 am – 12 noon and 2 pm – 4 pm weekdays, 7 pm – 8.30 pm Monday-Thursday. Admission is free. Further information is available from the Centre, telephone 0116 252 2455, email RACentre@le.ac.uk.
Note to editors: A press viewing with opportunities to talk to the artists will take place on Saturday 3 November 2001 at 4 pm – 6 pm. For a catalogue or more details about the exhibition please ring Alan Caine, Associate Director, Richard Attenborough Centre, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 2455, facsimile 0116 252 5165, email RACentre@le.ac.uk.
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