The Lie Of The Land: recent paintings by Shaun Morris
Local artist Shaun Morris explores the hidden landscape underneath the motorways in Birmingham and the Black Country.
This exhibition of paintings represents the artist’s interest in exploring the nocturnal hinterlands and hidden landscape underneath the motorways that pass over the Black Country and Birmingham. As well as depicting some unusual abstract and dislocated images and sensations based on the reflections in the canals, other scenes focus in on the many transit hubs and depots that back onto the canals or are dotted alongside the motorway and their population of parked lorries and other, often strange looking, vehicles.
There is a doomed romantic quality in many of these large paintings of truck or lorries, yet there is also something vaguely unsettling and menacing in these black windowed, still cabs at night. The artist explains that his interest in the idea of them looked nostalgic on one hand and futuristic on the other: parked, seemingly abandoned, at the side of the road, highway or canal in a post-oil world.
Wednesday 6th - Sunday 31st January 2016