‘Meaning of Place’ : Philip Hughes at The Watermill Gallery, Aberfeldy
June 28, 2016 by Perthshire Creates
Meaning of Place : An exhibition of etchings by Philip Hughes
The Watermill Gallery, Aberfeldy
Saturday 9th July – 4th September 2016
Philip Hughes is constantly drawn back to the unique landscapes and ancient sites of Scotland. At the heart of his work is an intensive exploration of the relationship between landscape and human history. He has for many years visited, studied, photographed and walked between ancient sites
This exhibition centres on a series of etchings and screenprints made in recent times around the theme of ‘place’. His work is inspired by wild and remote areas: the timeless expanse of Rannoch Moor, the rugged beauty of Skara Brae and the open vistas of the Moray Firth.
Hughes, by bringing his cartographic and geological knowledge to bear on his artistic practice, enlivens our experience of location and environment. He investigates the land through multiple views, overlapping images and observations, which include both the grand sweep of vista and small details underfoot. He draws with a draughtsman’s precision and then incorporates both real and fantastical colours. The effect is to alter the viewers’ attention and gives us a new sensitivity to ‘place’.
The exhibition also includes images from Southern France, Central Australia and Antarctica, where Philip worked with the British Antarctic Survey, as well as some images inspired by works in the British Museum.
Ancient sites featured in the UK include those in Orkney, Stonehenge, Silbury.
Philip has had more than fifty solo exhibitions, including in Scotland at The Watermill, Aberfeldy and at Stirling University. He has many works in private and public collections. He is a former chair of the trustees of the National Gallery, London.
Top Image : Moray III screen print
For further information contact The Watermill 01887 822896 or Aberfeldy Watermill website