February 21, 2017
The work of Documentary Photography Course Leader Paul Reas is included in a new major exhibition and book exploring our relationship with the countryside.
‘Creating the Countryside’ Thomas Gainsborough to today will open at the Compton Verney gallery and will be published by Paul Holberton Publishing on the 17th of March.
Compton Verney’s 2017 season opens with a major exhibition examining the rural idyll past and present.
In an increasingly urbanised world, the idea of the countryside as a restorative place of escape shapes the popular image of rural life and landscape. Creating the Countryside explores the roots of these associations and how they are reflected in the world around us.
Works by artists including John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough and George Stubbs are joined by pieces from artists including Grayson Perry, Mat Collishaw and others to present fresh perspectives on the notion of our ‘green and pleasant land’.
The exhibition is curated by Verity Elson, Compton Verney and Dr Rosemary Shirley, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University.
From High Art to propaganda, garden centres to air fresheners, contemporary art to computer games-a constellation of powerful images and ideas contribute to our understanding of the rural. This publication offers new ways of thinking about how the idea of the British countryside has been created, through the innovative integration of a wide range of art and visual cultures. These include classic landscapes by artists such as Claude, Constable and Turner, works of modern British art, and contemporary works by artists who present new perspectives on the rural idyll.
For tickets and further details about the exhibition, please see here.