Detached and Timeless: Contemporary artists inspired by nature and spirit of place opens on Saturday 12 July bringing together art from Exeter, Plymouth and Arts Council Collection on the Southbank.
With works by David Bomberg, Edward Burra, Prunella Clough, Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon, Richard Long, Rachel Lowe, George Shaw and Clare Woods, this exhibition looks at the way modern artists have been inspired by landscapes, nature and the seasons. Imaginary, mystical places have provided the stimulus for several of the artists. Others have been inspired by real West Country locations. Some touch on themes of spirituality and paganism. The results are works which are often abstract, sometimes representational and occasionally other-worldly.
Comprising a core group of 20th-century paintings from RAMM’s collection, most works come to Exeter on loan from the Arts Council Collection, the national loan collection of modern and contemporary British art. Key pieces include Soaring Flight by Peter Lanyon, the monumental Daddy Witch by Clare Woods and Bomberg’s Self Portrait from 1937, one of the earliest works in the Arts Council Collection.
In other media, the exhibition includes Fourteen Stones by Richard Long, Rachel Lowe’s video A Letter to an Unknown Person, No.5 and photography by Keith Arnatt and Jem Southam.
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