For it’s new exhibition, Berwick’s Granary Gallery is featuring the artistic equivalent of a greatest hits CD as it recognises the work of local artist Peter Podmore.
The exhibition, called ‘Now You See It’, runs until January 8 and brings together Peter’s paintings from the last 20 years and shows how his abstract works which were produced in 1991 link with the work that he is currently engaged in today, associated with the renovation of some farm buildings next to his studio at Westnewton in the Cheviots and his dramatic landscape and seascape paintings.
As is suggested in the title of the show, Peter works with a strong awareness of the construction of the image which, both in the landscape but more obviously in the geometrical forms, if it is balanced carefully, creates an ambiguity of perception so that the image is never wholly static but shifts from one point of view to another. The life of the painting lies in the way the eye is guided around it, giving a sense of uncertainty and some disorientation.
Taking full advantage of his local surroundings, Peter likes to paint or draw landscapes outside direct from the source. He is interested in the close observation of the everyday, allowing an adrenaline rush and urgency of working in a living, moving, continually changing outdoor environment which gives himself blasts of the real world from time to time and the challenge to live with the uncertainty of the results.
If you go along to Peter’s exhibition and like what you see, his work is for sale for a reasonable price and if you want to find out the inspiration behind the art, the man himself will be at the Granary Gallery on Thursday, December 1, Thursday, December 8 and Thursday, December 15.
The gallery, in Dewar’s Lane, is open every day apart from Tuesdays from 11am-4pm.
For more information phone 01289 303232.