Landscapes and Plague

Vernon Hewitt May 20 - 25 Private View: 21 May - 7 - 9.30pm Open daily: 10 - 5pm

This exhibition explores how, confined by the Covid-19 pandemic, my concept of the landscape shifted from the grand idea of 19th century romanticism to the more prosaic: the back yard, the park, a hedge in Somerset, a grand beech tree in Leigh Woods long overlooked and taken for granted. Isolated from friends and family, the naturalism of the local became a source of consolation and calm, a way to rethink the exotic vistas I had painted and shown in previous exhibitions. As we stumble towards ‘normality’, this intimacy of the local remains with me as a reminder that ‘landscapes’ are just outside our doors.