YVES BEAUMONT, DAVID MICHEAUD ‘Cythereal’

1 – 27 July

In an exhibition that brings together two artists who have regularly shown with us and who grew to know and deepen a respect for each other’s work over those years, we look at light and surface, clarity and occlusion. Although the ostensible subject in both artists’ work is landscape (Micheaud’s usually urban, Beaumont’s mostly pastoral though these bald terms ignore an eccentricity in each that can include dust on a stretch of bedlinen or the indeterminate interpenetrating horizons of tidal reaches), it is the landscape of myth and irreality and indeed the history of landscape painting itself. And in both the overlaying concern is light and what it reveals or distorts of colour and atmosphere within the painting and also how we experience it upon the painting’s surface. There is a storm in Beaumont and an eerie impeturbability in Micheaud. The urban scenes of Charles Sheeler and the turbulent atmospheres of Turner are not far away.