John Kane’s interest is in the 19th-century Romantic movement’s concerns about the loss of communities through mechanisation. He is drawn to the power in beach-scapes and industrial landscapes, nature and the resonance of past industrial activity.
“As we experience deindustrialisation and the infinite growth of computer systems, I question if we too, as they were, should be concerned with a loss of our emotional wellbeing and the importance we should place on this. As such, I am drawn to the latent power in beachscapes or still industrial landscapes, which exist in contrast to the the turmoil of the power of nature or the resonance of past industrial activity.
“This was the subject of my MA in Fine Art in 2004 at The Wimbledon School of Art and influences my work today, represented in oil paintings, prints and charcoals.
“From the shores of Newlyn, Cornwall to Bristol or Big Pit in South Wales, we should celebrate those men and women who worked in our agricultural or heavy industries.”
Fri June 30, 6-9 pm. Sat July 1 & Sun July 2 10am-4pm, then by arrangement until Mon July 31.
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