June 2021

Festivals and Events

Landscape Portrait: Now & Then Gallery Exhibition

Hestercombe Gallery, Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, TA2 8LG, Taunton

1 Jun - 30 Jun 2021

Landscape Portrait: Now & Then Gallery Exhibition


Landscape Portrait: Now and Then explores the links between landscape painting and portraiture at Hestercombe since the eighteenth century, juxtaposing this history with contemporary works from the past sixty years.

Set to open 17th May 2021, with online previews in April, the show brings works by Andy Warhol, Derek Jarman, Claudette Johnson, Susan Derges, Leon Kossoff, Patrick Caulfield, Gilbert and George and Balraj Khanna to Somerset for the first time.

Shown across all seven galleries in Hestercombe House, historic works by artists including C.W. Bampfylde, the Rev John Eagles and Henry Moon are interspersed with contemporary pieces by twenty artists, several of which are new commissions.

Landscape Portrait: Now and Then takes as its starting point the diverse practice of Hestercombe’s former owner, the landscape designer and artist Coplestone Warre Bampfylde. As part of the first national tradition of art in Britain, Bampfylde, like his contemporaries Gainsborough, Hogarth and Reynolds, was an innovator who pushed the boundaries of portrait and landscape art. His output includes paintings, prints, cartoons and bookplates.

The displays explore the ways in which themes that preoccupied Bampfylde centuries ago continue to echo in today’s society. A cartoon etched by him in 1775 is shown alongside Andy Holden’s 2016 ‘Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape’ suggests the world is best now understood as a cartoon.
The exhibition portrays the breadth of innovative media employed by artists to convey their subjects and ideas. From the video and films of Gilbert and George and Trish Morrissey, the prints of Andy Warhol, Jo Lathwood and Susie Olczak; photography by Susan Derges, John Coplans and Sarah Lucas, to the textiles of Alek O and Jane Mowat.

Representing drawing and painting are Ken Kiff, Patrick Caulfield, Derek Jarman, Claudette Johnson, Balraj Khanna, Leon Kossoff, and Anna Liber Lewis. The show includes two new contemporary ‘Bampfylde’ commissions and the results of two residencies at Hestercombe in partnership with the Ingram Collection.

 Image: Susan Derges, The Observer and the Observed, 1992

Opening Hours

daily, 10am - 5pm


Landscape Portrait: Now & Then Gallery Exhibition
Hestercombe Gallery
Hestercombe Gardens
Cheddon Fitzpaine

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