The intention behind this exhibition is to promote a revival of interest in the figurative image within our visual culture. In a digital age with conceptual post- modernist art maintaining a dominant position; what does the future hold for the practice of creating art by means of ‘hand heart and eye in one accord’ with meaning and content integrated in to the process. In this exhibition the figure is the prime subject and the content is the human condition; it is an old fashioned modernist genre which seems to co-exist within a post-modern world.
Artists contributing all have a Norfolk connection and define a broad range of approach. Of particular relevance to this exhibition is the prospect of the Norwich Castle Museum holding a major retrospective of the work of Michael Andrews, an internationally recognised artist with origins in Norwich. He was a member of the Norwich Twenty Group and lecturer at, what was then, Norwich School of Art. His work was an exemplar of the figurative tradition employing an existential personal experience with a refined sense of relational aesthetics.
A feature of this exhibition will be a special forum hosted by the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society and involving participating artists. This will be chaired by Harriet Lofler, curator of art at the Norwich Castle Museum. This event will take place on April 6th at 7.30 at The Curve Auditorium, The Forum, Norwich. Peter Baldwin March 2016