Stick in the Mud
31 October to 29 November
PV 31 October 6-8pm
With an intimate sense of the subject, Matt Bodimeade's South Downs works are a visual delight. Whether he is using oil on canvas or pastel on paper, he conveys the patterns, framework and colours of the landscape using light and texture with skill.
Barns have their own man-made structure which is intrinsic to their facades, the visual drama is on the inside - Matt Bodimeade treats these with reverence as if they were agricultural 'cathedrals'.
Within the natural landscape shaped by man, walls, tracks and plough lines act as basic structures or boundaries across the Downland. Matt uses these devices with dramatic effect, drawing us into the painting then encouraging the eye to move around the composition taking in the shapes, colours and textures.
James Stewart, gallery director says "In this new series of paintings, Matt returns to Park Wall Hamiltons (see oil pastel right) for several works. For him this small area of land holds endless possibilities, bordering on obsession."
Paul Cezanne painted Montagne Sainte-Victoire 42 times between 1882 and 1906, developing his style and influencing cubism.
He said in 1904: ”Treat nature by means of the cylinder, the sphere, the cone, everything brought into proper perspective”.