Why do certain places maintain an indefinable sense of significance? Liverpool-based contemporary artist John Elcock examines this phenomenon with an exhibition of new paintings, which respond to Hale village through its landscape and remarkable birdlife.
In Hale, Mersey, Full of Grace he has created a series of works that have developed from a year exploring the coastline of this isolated yet beautiful landscape situated less than ten miles from the centre of Liverpool.
Paintings and drawings reveal enigmatic landscape features such as Hale’s historic duck decoy and abandoned wartime structures on the shoreline. As an experienced birdwatcher, he also incorporates into his work species he has observed whilst walking the Mersey estuary and which characterise the area as an important SSSI.
The exhibition includes a unique set of bird ikons. The artist comments:
‘There is something special in the nature of birds which bridges the divine and the temporal, these iconographic paintings are my attempt to realise this and return something of their generosity throughout my many visits to Hale’.