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Susan Absolon

Standing Rock
Oil on canvas
140 x 130 cms

2018

"Be aware of the time it was,
And the names of those present.  
Leave nothing unsaid.
The shape and colour 
Of the shadows as they pass
Will help you tell the story.
And in telling the story,
Process the grief you will feel."

Standing Rock takes its title from the 2016-17 Sioux Indian Dakota Access Pipeline protest.  It's a painting that reflects on mortality, personal loss, the environment and patriarchal power.

susanabsolon.co.uk

Joe Packer

SKUMTIMMEN

Oil on canvas

105 x 86 cms 

2017

“At the house I grew up in,” Joe Packer says, “You could walk straight out of the back door into a wood. It was in a small place called Shottesbrooke in Berkshire. Childhood memories involve being in the enclosed, interior/exterior space of a wood. The filtering of light through trees and foliage.” He says his paintings are not of those places, but he thinks of them collectively as “some sort of landscape and somehow connected to places familiar to me where I grew up.”

joepacker.blogspot.com

Paula MacArthur

I will lead you (out of here)

Oil on canvas

160 x 100 cms

2019

Recent works explore the apparent geometry and imperfections in natural forms which in earlier works had been refined by the human hand. These natural forms however appear alien and unfamiliar and invite questions around the increasing disconnect between man and nature.

paula-macarthur.com

Rachel Lancaster

 

Untitled

Oil on canvas

2017

 

Using photography as a filter through which images are disassociated from their origin, Lancaster’s work draws upon the uncanny, noticing a latent psychological charge within each selected image and the subliminal evocations dependent on our familiarity with the language and conventions of cinema. Divorced physically from their position within a narrative structure, these images become abstract and ambiguous, enabling another view of the unknown events which have preceded or may follow.

workplacegallery.co.uk

Paul Smith

 

Untitled

Oil on canvas

100 x 120 cms

'My work documents my interest in the lost and the found, what is passing out of memory and what is synthesized as trace in the landscape. Exploring lost places and capturing the essence of a moment of abandonment has been part of my practice since my earliest work, photographing the post-industrial landscape of the North East. More recently I have used these explorations of localities on the verge of returning to unofficial wilderness in dialogue with found material.

paulsmithart.co.uk