Gill Dove


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London, Morning from Forest Hill by Gill Dove
London, Morning from Forest Hill by Gill Dove

Gill Dove writes:

"The job of landscape artist has never been so important. The activities of humankind are affecting rapid changes to our environment, many irreversible. If one of the responsibilities of an artist is to hold a mirror to life, then I want to consider what might be lost and to invite a moment of reflection.

"My parents live in Suffolk. The coast is rapidly being eroded with unusually severe storms and fierce tides and strong onshore winds. These conditions influenced by the affects of global warming. The decision has been made to make a red line on the map: the Hold Line. The land inside this line is being protected and the shoreline reinforced. I am making paintings of the landscape that is 'beyond the hold line', documenting the habitats that will soon disappear in to the North Sea.

"In the city we have glimpses of our natural environment in gardens, parks, patches of wasteland, our birds, squirrels and urban foxes and the sky between buildings as shafts of changing weather. But from the bridges of the Thames, if we take time to look we have the privilege to indulge our sight in our beautiful, clean flowing river and in the huge, breathtaking sky that goes up and up and beyond. I find strength painting this sky and this water: a spiritual act that replenishes me but one that reminds me of our responsibility of our natural world and how fragile it is under our guardianship."

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