Wet and dry | Observer, Hastings, UK

Six contemporary painters explore the ground which our natural and man made boarders expose and reveal.

Matthew Burrows | Simon Burton | The Baron Gilvan | Gerard Hemsworth | Mario Rossi | Rose Wylie.

The works on display combine comedy, humour and storytelling; and an unusually broad range of subjects: Nature, myth, religion, history and the everyday, rub shoulders with images of the sea, birds, boats, dancing ladies, skulls, grass and stones. There is even a demon or two.“The butting up of natural phenomena, such as the sea, against the product of human invention, is a pointed metaphor for the artist.

“The works in the show explore with humour and wit the underlying tension we find at the edges of land and culture.” Matthew Burrows, ABC projects. What unites the exhibiting artists is a common concern for the edges of painting. “Paint has been worked from thin to thick, whilst wet and dry, and always it carries a tension between its own character and that of the image it depicts” says Burrows.

This exhibition is about painting towards the edges: the edges of paint, image and meaning. This is made all the more exciting by its location on the borders of land and sea; and firmly on the frontiers of regeneration, both physical and cultural.


© Simon Burton 2019