Sarah Jane Richards
The Cass Art Space, 18 School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BT
Visual meditations on landscape, in new work on paper by four North West-based painters.
Working quite independently Elcock, Lawrence and Richards have all made new work referencing Hilbre Island and the Dee Estuary, a liminal space where the ground, sky and water meet.
Recent work by Mellor also has similar reference points based however on the geographically opposite coastline, and memories of living in the North Yorkshire Moors.
Preoccupations with the seasons, changing light, patterns of nature and weather based on intense observation in the field are explored with exclusive use of paper-based media.
Each of the artists is drawn towards distant horizons, wilderness and empty landscapes, informed by a sense of place, immersion, memory and the Northern Romantic Tradition.