YVES BEAUMONT, RUTH PHILO
5 – 29 October
The title is taken from Gainsborough’s famous words – ‘I’m sick of portraits and wish very much to take my Viol da Gamba and walk off to some sweet village, where I can paint Landskips and enjoy the fad End pf life in quietness and ease’. It gives the broad connection between Beaumont and Philo’s abstract/ed paintings, though whether ease is entirely present is debateable. That Gainsborough was alluding to his love of the Dutch landscape tradition brings us to another connection between the two, Beaumont of course being Flemish but both he and Philo habitually using the flat North Sea coasts – of Belgium and Suffolk respectively.
We are also reminded that both Gainsborough and the Dutch painters’ re-invented their landscapes for pictorial ends, and though Beaumont presents us with clear landscape signifiers, whether trees, horizons, darkness and light, and while Philo in her more distanced paintings invents a new ‘paintscape’ for us to re-imagine, both bring a real ‘location’ into the abstract equation.