Shaping a Vision of Cornwall - The Art of Tom Henderson Smith

Painting: Stream flowing to the sea, Cot Valley Painting: Summer sea Painting: Leaving harbour, Newlyn Painting: Winter Sun

Archive for April, 2010

On Lived-in Landscapes from Cornwall in Bath, Easter 2010

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

What’s been so good about this Bath showing of Lived-in Landscapes is that transplanting these images out of their usual Cornish context has highlighted their underlying content for me; in other words that they’re not just about living in Cornwall but about the broader issue of how people interact with landscape.

The Chapel Row Gallery has been an excellent venue to bring out this aspect. It’s ambience is reminiscent of that ocean light that was the theme of my previous show in Falmouth. As such it’s been sympathetic to the Cornishness of these new pictures while enabling them to “breathe” and so communicate something of the influence of that human presence that is their real theme.

A big thankyou to Gabrielle Hawkes who helped bring out this underlying theme in her introduction to the catalogue that you can read by clicking here.

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