Richard Whadcock's paintings are inspired by the Sussex Downs landscape. Filtered through photography and memory, they are the result of both physical and mental experiences. The paintings suggest the presence and atmosphere of constantly changing conditions of a coastal landscape such as the stifling pressure of an approaching storm and the lifting as it passes; the play of shifting light exposing and shrouding details and tranforming the familiar into the unfamiliar. The paintings' varying size, from small to large, relate to the huge expanses and shifts in scale that are experienced when wandering through the landscape. The absence of forced perspective and the diffused detail within the work give the viewer an overall sensation of being immersed in the drama of the landscape while the economy of detail evokes a quiet power. The bare minimum of information enabling the viewer to open up their own personal, visual memories.

 

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