Within Reach – Chris Brook
1st Sept– 30th Sept
Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun. 11am – 5pm
Subject is predominantly landscape driven, and references both topographical and symbolic forms.
Never intended as site specific, instead the paintings are reconstructed ideals, suggesting a reinvented retreat.
A collection of marks and shapes alluding to the kind of place that I would like to find.
A place which is within reach, offering solitude, comfort, protection and shelter.
To be immersed within a landscape is not only to be aware of a sensory visual, but also to be accepting of, and experience the visceral and elemental qualities which bind the surroundings together. I have attempted to emulate these qualities through a sequence of layering and over painting, suggesting traces of former occupancy. Scraping away surfaces to reveal the partially hidden, and to define the act of permanence through mark making, taking on the form of an intuitive, scored non-corrective line. Collectively these processes not only present the viewer with a pictorial dialogue, but also offer an invitation to form their own narrative, in the search to find the particular place we all seek to find, from time to time.
2012 – Royal Scottish society of painters in water colour open exhibition The Riverside gallery exhibition award.
2013 – Visual art Scotland open exhibition The Sally Schofield memorial award for photography and printmaking
2018 – Royal Scottish society of painters in water colour open exhibition RSW Watermark award.