What Seas, What Shores

Their works suggest a deep identification with place..

PUBLICATION Five painters take a look at Orkney and Shetland: Paul Bloomer, Ruth Brownlee, Laura Drever, Gail Harvey, Diana Leslie.  Curated by John Cumming for Hansel Cooperative.

The landscape of the Northern Isles has long been a popular subject for painters.  There work has for most part, dealt with the topography of the isles.  With increasing frequency however, in both Orkney and Shetland, a number of painters have begun to address landscape more subjectively.  Their works suggest a deep identification with place; a sense of emotionally and conceptually in and of the isles.  For them, landscape is, as the poet and philosopher Amiel put it – “a condition of the spirit”.

John Cumming

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