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Press Release

MENIERGALLERY

51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU September 2017

www.meniergallery.co.uk

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Wendy Brooke-Smith

New Ground: Discoveries in Landscape

Exploration is the central theme of Wendy Brooke-Smiths third major solo exhibition of

paintings and drawings, entitled New Ground: Discoveries in Landscape, which runs from

Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th November 2017 at The Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark St,

London SE1 1RU.

Blavatnik Panorama, (Tate Modern)2017, acrylic on canvas, 76 x 203cm (diptych)

Against the current backdrop of political upheaval and uncertainty, the artist finds parallels

and connections in the subject matter she has encountered in the past 18 months, from

distant mountains to new London landmarks.

All the paintings and drawings explore new territory for the artist, whether from personal

travels and walking, or a newly accessible view of her favourite subject, the Thames. As

well as her trademark urban landscapes, this wide-ranging exhibition includes paintings of

France, New Zealand, Scotland, Cornwall and the ancient route of the Ridgeway.

Looking Back to Queenstown, 2016,

oil on canvas, 91 x 71cm

Sky Garden View East, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 91 x 122cm

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Wendy Brooke-Smith (wendy.brookesmith@gmail.com)

Tel: 07740 799869

www.wendybrooke-smith.com

The London paintings bear witness to the chaotic metamorphosis of the city’s jostling

skyline. Yet the ‘iconic’ new arrivals in their turn provide dramatic vantage points from

which to reassess our previously familiar surroundings, opening a dialogue of reciprocal

panoramas across the Thames.

In contrast to this urban transience, Brooke-Smith’s striking mountainscapes and earthy

Ridgeway works remind us of the essential permanence and continuity of the landscape

beneath our feet: a reassuring counterbalance to our shrill and shifting times.

Ridgeway: Look How Far We've Come, 2017,

acrylic on canvas, 76 x 91cm

Walking the Chalk, Downhill Stretch, 2017,

acrylic on canvas, 90 x 90cm

Wendy Brooke-Smith summarises this philosophy: “All landscape can be seen as a

metaphor for our ideas and emotions. As an artist - and an optimist - I recognise the

importance of innovation and renewal, while daring to hope that the most important

things in life will stand their ground.

A spirit of discovery has also influenced the artist’s increasingly bold colour palette and

looser (mostly acrylic) painting. Charcoal drawings continue to be integral to her process,

both as initial observations and as more developed ideas for paintings in the studio.

Wendy Brooke-Smith graduated from UCS in 2008 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She

has since exhibited widely and her work is held in private and corporate collections

throughout the UK, including Rolls Building Art & Education Trust, Hill Dickinson LLP, UCS

and Associated British Ports.

NOTES TO EDITORS

EXHIBITION DATES: Tuesday 21 - Saturday 25 November 2017

LOCATION: Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

PUBLIC OPENING HOURS: Tues 21, Wed 22 and Thurs 23 November 11am - 6pm

Friday 24 November 11am - 8.30pm (SLAM Friday)

Saturday 25 November 11am - 4.30pm

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