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.