The Long Way Here

1 Nov 2013 – 21 Dec 2013

Event times

Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm


Watford, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • There are a number of public car parks in the centre of the town, all of which are within easy walking distance.
  • Watford is easily accessible from the M25 and M1 and there is easy access to the Museum from both the Watford Junction and High Street railway stations (the latter is only 300 yards away).

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''The Long Way Here'' presents new works by Andy Owen considering the significance of London as a commuter city and exploring the fleeting and disconnected nature of our relationship with our contemporary environment

Imposing skeletal forms of long defunct gasworks, the ultramodern architecture of the Olympic Park or an airliner?s contrail illuminated by the rising sun become points of departure for the artist?s compositions. Capturing snapshots of this scenery whilst travelling through the city, Owen?s studio practice then merges digital technology with painterly tradition; first using digital manipulation to edit, combine and distort the photographs ? alluding to the notion that we increasingly encounter our environment mediated through technology ? before translating them into a painted surface.

The constructed scenes continue to develop and evolve with the application and erasure of subsequent layers, the resultant works resembling places that might be familiar yet seem strange as if recalled from a dream, or glimpsed from a speeding train. Their transient aesthetic engages with Watford through its position as a hub on the periphery of a sprawling metropolis ? a place that ways converge and diverge ? experienced in ever shifting moments by regular commuters and vagrant travellers alike. Referencing 19th Century Romantic Painting and incorporating diverse influences from modern Science Fiction, these constructed landscapes transcend digital, cinematic and painterly space.

Artist?s Tour: Saturday 16 November at 2pm
Children?s Workshops: Please contact the gallery for details

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