Interpretations of Land: Heseltine, Recordon & Rigby

3rd - 18th October 2019

Interpretations of Land: Heseltine, Recordon & Rigby

Interpretations of Land
The surroundings in which we live undoubtedly affect us as humans, never has the relationship with our earth been more poignant or perilous. The call to look at ourselves, look at how we tread on this planet, to care more and focus on change has become so unavoidable in our current climate and this exhibition Interpretations of Land is both timely and necessary. The show aims to celebrate the interconnection between ourselves and the natural world whilst releasing a collective concern for this place we call home.


Miles Heseltine, Tess Recordon and Chris Rigby act as the trilogy of artists within this show. With careers spanning three decades; the exhibition records their own relationship with 'land' and how they choose to record an ever-changing environment through various mediums. There is an emphasis within this show on the hand of the artist, whether this is transferred through charcoal, oil paint or raw pigment; the artist's physicality is integral to the making of these works. There is no separation between the sweeping gestures of impressive charcoal and Miles' everyday walks, no gap between Tess' recollection of journeys made and her poured pigment paintings and no space between Chris' towering cliff scenes and his own experience of those elevated views. With the artist hand acting as a bridge, this meeting between human and land is central to this show. As artists of their time, Heseltine, Recordon and Rigby are saving landscape art from remoteness and instead lurching it towards association and emotion placing humanity, whether through gesture, memory or perspective, back at the heart of all they create.


With a range of materials and scales used, this exhibition is rich and diverse. The variation in palette acts as a way of contrasting how each artist recalls landscape and creates a holistic show interpreting natural landscapes found across the country. Heseltine's panoramic charcoals carry an immediacy and energy representing the dynamic nature of the moorlands of West Penwith. With a performative element these charcoal drawings are brought to life, the act of drawing happening spontaneously with repeated and reversed actions creating a myriad of dynamic mark making across the paper. Recordon's use of pigments such as sand and marble dust create an otherworldly, dream-like quality to her abstracted landscape paintings often based in Cumbria. Having recently left behind the habits of sketching and photographing, Tess allows memory to play a huge role in her practice, working from impressions to make evocative paintings which morph in and out of consciousness. Rigby's application of earth pigments and clever use of composition creates paintings which feel like snapshots of places that you as a viewer can fill in the gaps both visually and emotionally. These oil paintings catch a moment in time that can only be recorded through a close relationship with the subject matter- to paint scenes which are so close to the artist allows the handling of the paint to represent so much more than just a coastal scene from the Shetland Islands. The ochres, umbers and greens which permeate Rigby's paintings create atmospheres which transport the viewer seamlessly.



My drawings are usually made outside in simple black and white materials. I follow the same route everyday over the moorland that surrounds my studio, walking between sessions of studio-based work fuels my process. The way I work aims to embrace rhythms and suggestions of form, combined with a simple response to what is in front of me. Miles Heseltine


Adding texture gives my paintings a depth whilst also suggesting the implications of being there, of feeling what it might be like. Using pigments allows me to recreate strong sensory feelings triggered by elements like sand, mud and snow. Tess Recordon


Getting out there in the elements is crucial to my work, the information available via the senses when in the landscape is unparalleled. Simply put, it is the single best way of exploring your subject and your relationship to it. These experiences feed into the studio-based work. I'm a figurative painter that believes everything is, in essence, abstract. Chris Rigby

Miles Heseltine - Looking West Bosigran

Miles Heseltine

Looking West Bosigran

Charcoal on paper

£3,950

Miles Heseltine - October Series I

Miles Heseltine

October Series I

Mixed media on card

£475

Miles Heseltine - October Series IV

Miles Heseltine

October Series IV

Mixed media on card

£475

Miles Heseltine - Moon Rise II

Miles Heseltine

Moon Rise II

Oil on canvas

£1,950

Miles Heseltine - Rain Over Rooftops

Miles Heseltine

Rain Over Rooftops

Oil on canvas

£895

Miles Heseltine - 5th May

Miles Heseltine

5th May

Oil on canvas

£450

Miles Heseltine - Boswen's Common

Miles Heseltine

Boswen's Common

Acrylic on card

£550

Miles Heseltine - November Landscape IV

Miles Heseltine

November Landscape IV

Oil on canvas

£650

Miles Heseltine - Carnyorth

Miles Heseltine

Carnyorth

Acrylic on card

£300

Miles Heseltine - Nocturne

Miles Heseltine

Nocturne

Graphite on paper

£350

Miles Heseltine - Fields at Carfury

Miles Heseltine

Fields at Carfury

Acrylic on card

£300

Tess Recordon - Across the Estuary

Tess Recordon

Across the Estuary

Oil

£2,500

Tess Recordon - Ullswater

Tess Recordon

Ullswater

Oil

£2,500

Tess Recordon - Rising Mist

Tess Recordon

Rising Mist

Oil

£1,750

Tess Recordon - The Night Beach

Tess Recordon

The Night Beach

Oil

£795

Tess Recordon - Across the Bay

Tess Recordon

Across the Bay

Oil

£475

Tess Recordon - Winter Light

Tess Recordon

Winter Light

Oil

£795

Tess Recordon - The Creek, Low Tide

Tess Recordon

The Creek, Low Tide

Oil

£475

Tess Recordon - Out to Sea

Tess Recordon

Out to Sea

Oil

SoldSold

Tess Recordon - Mudflats at Dusk (Framed)

Tess Recordon

Mudflats at Dusk (Framed)

Print

£350

Tess Recordon - Crossing Mull (Framed)

Tess Recordon

Crossing Mull (Framed)

Print

£105

Tess Recordon - The Estuary (Framed)

Tess Recordon

The Estuary (Framed)

Print

£105

Tess Recordon - From the Shore (Framed)

Tess Recordon

From the Shore (Framed)

Print

£105

Chris Rigby - Caerthillion Coast

Chris Rigby

Caerthillion Coast

Oil on canvas

£6,000

Chris Rigby - Westerwick Buttress

Chris Rigby

Westerwick Buttress

Oil on canvas

£6,000

Chris Rigby - Culswick

Chris Rigby

Culswick

Oil on board

£2,500

Chris Rigby - Caerthillion Cove

Chris Rigby

Caerthillion Cove

Oil on board

£750

Chris Rigby - Lizard, West Side to the Point

Chris Rigby

Lizard, West Side to the Point

Oil on board

SoldSold

Chris Rigby - Below the Lighthouse

Chris Rigby

Below the Lighthouse

Acrylic on paper

£495

Chris Rigby - Across Narrow de Zawn

Chris Rigby

Across Narrow de Zawn

Mixed media

£360

Chris Rigby - Lizard Cliff

Chris Rigby

Lizard Cliff

Watercolour

£360

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