MARY SPICER : solo exhibition at St Giles Street Gallery

HWAT artist Mary Spicer has a second solo exhibition coming up soon at St Giles Street Gallery in the city of Norwich. The exhibition opens on Saturday 26th March and continues to 5th May 2011.

In her first solo exhibition at St Giles Street Gallery in early 2008, Spicer showed a series of large, brown-hued winter landscapes, which were developed from her observational drawings. In these paintings one could see environmental themes derived from the rural Norfolk landscape, one in which she has lived & worked for the past 20 years.

Mary Spicer, Another blizzard looming 2010, oil on canvas, 70cm x 90cm

Another blizzard looming 2010, oil on canvas, 70cm x 90cm

In Spicer’s paintings the land is often scarred and criss-crossed by farm machinery, while the skies seem moody and cold. A whole range of materials are used on watercolour paper, including acrylics and coloured inks, the paper often ripped, torn and reassembled until the image matches Mary Spicer’s felt experience of the landscape.

These themes of the farmed landscape have been developed still further in a new series of paintings, such as large skies and cloud masses passing over yellow rape fields, the sunlight on young green wheat or a solitary building surrounded by snow and grey light. The East Anglian landscape is not an easy one to paint Mary Spicer has said, but she has successfully managed to extract those images which linger longest in the mind.

Silent twilight by Mary Spicer, oil on canvas, 2009

Silent Twilight 2009, oil on canvas, 71cm x 92cm

The private view of Mary Spicer’s solo exhibition is on Saturday 26th March between 2pm – 4pm, at St Giles’ Street Gallery, 51 St Giles’ Street (up the hill, behind the Market place), Norwich, and the gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm. The exhibition continues until 5th May 2011.