London Exhibition. From The Edge. New work by Group Eight

London Exhibition. From The Edge. New work by Group Eight
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London Exhibition. From The Edge. New work by Group Eight. Dates: November 11th – 23rd 2013. ASIA HOUSE

London Exhibition. From The Edge. New work by Group Eight

London Exhibition. From The Edge. New work by Group Eight

Group Eight is a collective of artists from Norfolk who believe passionately in the importance of working outdoors. Now they bring an all-seasons, all weather conditions, all-immersive exhibition of their plein air paintings, drawings and photographs to Asia House, 11-23 November 2013.
From the watery wildernesses of the East Anglian marshes, through the clean-edged geometries of the fenlands to the mist-shrouded crags of the Cumbrian Fells, this exhibition celebrates the rich diversity of the British countryside; the awesome power of its beauty and its environmental vulnerability. In a postmodern age of cut-and-paste pastiche, of media overload and constant urban distraction they lead the spectator back towards deep cultural roots, to a world that is suffused by the mind of its seer in which landscape becomes an embodiment not just of natural beauty but of strong human feeling and layered depths of thought.
‘Group Eight’ , which since its inception eight years ago has acquired another member bringing its total to nine, tackle the time-honoured tradition of plein air painting head on. Their aim: to evoke the essence of their wind-buffeted, rain-soaked, sun-baked, midge-tormented experience with a vivid authenticity. Capturing fleeting glimpses and fragmented moments of that intense natural experience which the casual passer might miss but which the patient artist slowly garners during long hours working outdoors.
Each member of the group strives in his or her different way to strike a balance between straightforward depiction and an alertness to the natural world as it gathers the individual into its thrall. Images of a living landscape as it has been recorded in real time bear testimony to  the group’s unwavering commitment to a traditional way of working made quintessentially contemporary by the  immediacy and vitality of the personal response.
Mark Cator began his career in photojournalism but now moves towards something less literal. He plays with the fictions that photography can present in his series “Landsketch”.
James Colman’s paintings of Norfolks’ Breckland, with their strong composition, loose brushwork and impasto surfaces,  are the result of multiple revisits day and night.
Ed Crisp starts with the premise that industry rules nature in the modern agricultural world. He uses his skill as a draughtsman to tackle the hard structural geometries of an intensely farmed landscape.
Alex Egan’s attention to detail, fine brushwork and delicate pursuit of natural effects lie at the core of her paintings of Norfolk’s Broadland.
Katie Falcon leaves her beloved East Norfolk coastline to follow the course of the river Thames, re-tracing the footsteps of Whistler, encountering all of London life on the way.
Tor Falcon transfers the essential geology and flora of the Cumbrian fells onto small, flat surfaces.
Cornelia Fitzroy builds up patterned visions of the English countryside. She creates an upbeat bucolic idyll in layers of pure colour.
Fred Ingrams takes Richard Diebenkorn’s abstract work as a starting point for his monumental, pared down paintings of the much maligned Fens.
Auriol Innes intuitively captures the drama of being embedded in a landscape. She distils the confusion of vibrant sensations into scenes of utter truthfulness.
Asia Hourse.
63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP
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