From 15 November 2019 to 19 January 2020

A simple art piece of greens to represent rolling fields against a blue sky

Image: Julian Opie, River 4. 2017. Inkjet face mounted on acrylic. 

Following on from the Neo-Romantic Art, Romantics opens on Friday 15 November exploring what romantic art might look like at the beginning of the 21st century. We have invited a diverse group of artists who see themselves as continuing this great tradition in British art. The exhibition weaves together themes of nature, expressive landscape, spirit of place, the human figure, drama and angst. Romantic art has always been broad-brush in its approach and embraces a range of subjects and treatment. This exhibition will demonstrate that the Romantic sensibility is still a vital and relevant force in today’s dangerous world where anxiety and uncertainty dominate our lives.

We are delighted that the artists include Christopher Le Brun who is the current president of the Royal Academy, he will be exhibiting at St Barbe for the first time. George Shaw is a Turner Prize nominee known for painting in Humbrol enamel paints and has recently completed a spell as artist in residence at the National Gallery. Greg Gilbert is a Southampton based artist who also found fame as a member of the band The Delays. Julian Opie’s instantly recognisable style is in much demand and reached a huge audience through his album cover ‘The Best of Blur’ album. Alice Kettle is one of the most sought-after textile artists working in the UK, known in Hampshire for the massive commissioned piece at Winchester Discovery Centre Looking Forwards to the Past.

Other artists taking part will be: Peter Archer, Graham Arnold, Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, Chris Bucklow, Jeffery Camp, Julian Cooper, Alex Faulkner, Sarah Harding, David Inshaw, Ffiona Lewis, Fiona McIntyre, Annie Ovenden, Julian Perry, Alan Rankle, George Rowlett, and David Tress.

It promises to be a thought-provoking exhibition, challenging the visitor to think about their own ideas of Romantic art.

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