Leafy Chester by Steve Moon at Chester Art Centre
Earlier in the year I attended the private preview of this much anticipated exhibition.
Chester Art Centre employed me for my second-year experiential learning placement, and the team there works hard to maintain a vibrant presence in the city, (I have an exhibition planned there in November to bring together the diverse work I have created over my degree studies).
Now, as I ‘stay home to save lives’ my mind wanders to the places I look forward to visiting after lockdown. Steve’s paintings transport me to Chester’s Grosvenor Park, where I have spent many hours since childhood, picnicking, courting, and watching Shakespeare.
The paintings in the series are influenced by the landscapes of Gustav Klimt, adapted “by using binoculars and sketch pad, a camera phone, several view points and lots of careful composition planning I could create townscapes that were pattern like, true and yet also not what the eye would immediately see. All the pieces were planned in the field but painted in my studio. Further inspiration came from an article on Radio 4’s Front Row which somewhat condescendingly dubbed our city as ‘leafy Chester’, implying, I felt, that it was a touch more smug home counties than real north”. Steve J Moon.
My photograph from Storyhouse Theatre in the Park.
Grosvenor Park, Chester.