Peter Joyce New Paintings
Portrait of the Marais
19th May - 23rd June
Samuel Robson Fine Art Gallery is in the pretty market town of Oakham, Rutland, and this is the destination
for the exhibition of new paintings by Peter Joyce. This exhibition titled ‘Portrait of the Marais’, presents a
complete survey, a portrait of the Marais Breton Vendéen. For those who have followed Joyce’s work, his
landscapes paintings of this part of France will have begun to feel familiar. However after eight years of
looking, researching, drawing and recording, Joyce now feels that he is closer to his subject. One could
certainly remark that these new paintings appear more abstract than the earlier works. Joyce certainly
wouldn’t describe them in this way, as every mark, every brush stroke and every colour is made with the
place firmly in mind. However they are painted in the way that Joyce ‘sees’ using his own unique visual
language, and perhaps, as he is now more familiar with his subject, the paintings are a more accurate
portrait, as experienced by Joyce, rather than more representational. This is because he responds to the
Marais in all it’s guises rather than just from a single viewpoint. This vision and approach could not be better
demonstrated than through these paintings. They are confident, assured and immensely beautiful.
Joyce’s interest in the history of the land is not immediately apparent on looking at his paintings.
He clearly enjoys all the natural drawing; the posts, creeks, paths, cables, wooden remnants, rope and wire
that one can see and find in this extraordinary place and it is these less obvious elements that help to
compose the landscape for Joyce. He is quite clear however, that it is not drawing for drawings sake, it is
these things that create the landscape, marking and punctuating the terrain, giving evidence of previous
times, history revealing itself, if one looks and thinks.
Joyce has explored all corners of this land and shore, in all seasons and all times of day, a practice
necessary he explains in order to paint a complete portrait. Titles are often directly linked to a place name,
a season or time of day something was first observed. Joyce has planned this exhibition with precision, this
will be apparent as one moves from painting to painting and from room to room, and as one would expect,
a variety of sizes and media of paintings are on show. He has worked on different painting surfaces and one
will also see new styles in terms of framing and presentation. This exhibition of new paintings feels
immediately different, exciting, beautiful and even more accomplished.
35 Market Place, Oakham, LE15 6DT
T: 01572 770 095 www.srfagallery.com www.peterjoyce.org.uk