Exhibition

Brian Horton 'Landscapes of Reverie and Delight'

2 Mar 2022 – 25 Mar 2022

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Wednesday
10:00 – 18:00
Thursday
10:00 – 18:00
Friday
10:00 – 18:00
Saturday
10:00 – 18:00
Sunday
10:00 – 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 – 18:00

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A Major New Exhibition of paintings by Messum's most long-standing contemporary artist.

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Brian Horton, now Messum’s most long-standing contemporary artist, discovers the poetry in the ordinary: in fields and woods and hedgerows, rocks and streams, harbours at dawn or dusk. He finds the underlying pattern and abstracts from nature and is recognised as one of Britain’s true ‘romantic’ landscape painters, recognising the need to develop a better, more equal, working relationship with the environment which we are fast destroying.

Living in towns and cities as most of us do, we tend to forget that our fundamental relationship is with the environment in which we live. This is not just bricks and concrete, stone and tarmac. It is the wider landscape around us. Brian Horton, now in his 89th year, has dedicated his long and successful artistic career to identifying with the landscape to such an extent that his paintings become portraits of states of mind: expressing our yearning for a simplicity and purity which characterises the best in us.

Essentially a landscape painter, Horton has painted flowers and gardens, but prefers a slightly wilder outlook, and has travelled to some of the most beautiful countryside in these islands in search of subjects, often focusing on the mountains and the coast. His world is one of allusiveness and suggestion, clearly the product of this misty and rain-swept kingdom rather than the harsh light and colours of the Mediterranean. In this major exhibition at Messum’s St. James’s, the artist offers his unique vision of Cornwall and the Scilly Isles, the Welsh coastline and the rolling Cotswold hills. His paintings are of places he has fallen in love with, and which he wants to tell us about. Every painting adds something to our store of knowledge of the great world around us — a world we think we understand, but consistently take for granted and ill-use.

Let us learn from the lambent tenderness and serenity in Brian Horton’s paintings.

Est. in 1963, Messum’s has long held a powerful reputation as one of the country’s leading art galleries, not only a pioneer in the field of British Impressionism, but also a specialist in exhibiting contemporary British art and sculpture.

Messum’s have represented Horton since 1980 and this will be his eighth solo show with the West End Gallery

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