The exhibition, which brings together a large body of Stott’s paintings for the first time in over 40 years, includes a number of works from Towner’s own permanent collection, as well as a selection of loans from national institutions including The Royal Academy, Manchester Art Gallery, Touchstones in Rochdale, and The National Trust.
Towner’s Head of Collections Sara Cooper has curated A Master of Colour and Atmosphere alongside renowned Stott expert, Dr Valerie Webb, whose book of the same name will accompany the exhibition.
The strength of Stott’s work is in his atmospheric and poetic depictions of rural scenes. Whilst he did not paint his canvases outdoors in true plein-air fashion, he did sketch in pencil, chalk and pastels in the open air, making written notes on the weather, light and colour, which he would then use to produce paintings in his studio. A Master of Colour and Atmosphere includes a selection of these sketches as well as the paintings themselves, giving visitors an insight into Stott’s process and working methods.
Edward Stott: A Master of Colour & Atmosphere follows Towner’s acclaimed 2017 summer exhibition Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship, whose accompanying book by Andy Friend was named ‘art book of the year’ in The Sunday Times.