Sarah Wiseman Gallery is excited to introduce Jim Whitty in his solo exhibition ‘Wild Tracks’ this autumn.
His latest series of paintings continues an ongoing exploration of his local Somerset landscape, focusing on the beautiful wooded valley of Vallis Vale, near Frome.
“It is a place that I never tire of,” he says. “It’s constantly surprising me with its secret paths, which might lead under a fence into a hay field or end at a precarious makeshift camp perched on the cliff edge of an abandoned quarry looking out above the tree canopy.”
Jim Whitty’s work is unusual in its approach to the English landscape. Distinct by its saturated colour, Jim favours precise brushwork and flat planes to describe the woodland and waterways that surround his home. He likes to work on a large scale, offering the viewer an immersive experience, the landscape appearing to encircle them.
The atmosphere in each of the works is brooding, almost bringing out a sense of strangeness and mystery, whilst his use of colour is unromanticised, capturing nature’s intensity.
Jim Whitty’s paintings will be displayed alongside new works in glass by Michèle Oberdieck. Michèle and Jim both graduated from Glasgow School of Art in the same year, so they are delighted to be exhibiting together once more!
Michèle specialises in glassworks inspired by natural forms and organic structures, exploring balance and asymmetry through shape, surface and colour. Using sculptural forms as a gesture or expressive mark – often combining a few pieces together – a narrative is created.