Charleston

Philip Hughes – Land

An exhibition devoted to The Downs in Sussex between the Cuckmere and Ouse Valleys, and West Penwith in the extreme west of Cornwall.

‘Land’ was devoted to two landscapes – The Downs in East Sussex between the Cuckmere and Ouse Valleys, and West Penwith in the extreme west of Cornwall – both popular walking locations for Virginia Woolf.

Hughes’ work is centred on the land, its structure, and the intervention of man from ancient cultures to the present. His prime source is drawing directly in the landscape, complimented by the use of maps and aerial images.

Included in the exhibition were recent works created especially for Charleston seen side by side with earlier works including a number of abstract pieces, often in response to a landscape. Alongside the paintings were drawings and maps – exploring several views of the same landmark and showing the creative process by which the artist creates works so related to his experience of the landscape.