The Sky's Gone Out


From the very early days of painting, artists have translated light into paint, and have manipulated both to describe form, depth and mood. From the stark chiaroscuro of Rembrandt and Goya to the vibrant neon forms of Roberto Matta's paintings from the 50s, light has not just been a subject, but has formed the very structural essence of painting.

The exhibiting artists all explore notions of light within painting. Looking back to great masters of light from the Baroque period such as Caravaggio, Vermeer and Rembrandt; to the Romantic paintings of Turner, Friedrich and Grimshaw; all had a commonality, transforming paint to light and vice versa, although each adopted their own inventive and diversely different methods, and did so with dramatic intensity.


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