Cities of the North East: Andrew Gifford

17 October - 7 November 2014

In his classic TV series Civilisation, Kenneth Clark maintained that the major

preoccupation of 17century scientists such as the astronomer/composer Herschel and

painters like Vermeer, was the study and orchestration of light. Four centuries later,

Andrew Gifford rehearses the same programme but in newly expressive ways. As a

student at Newcastle in the 1980s he painted landscapes that, with their filtered light,

paid homage to Turner. At the same time, influenced by James Turrell, he constructed a

series of light boxes, abstract landscapes, that were equally poetic.

William Varley

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