Artist Simon Bayliss reveals his conflicting feelings about becoming a landscape painter in the South West. He discusses what he sees as the problem with a picturesque approach to landscape, while acknowledging his own desire for a painterly connection to place, and describes his struggle to develop an artistic identity that embraces his sense of regional aesthetics.
The talk is accompanied by a fleeting exhibition of collaborative plein air paintings, the result of an exercise using the principles of the ‘exquisite corpse’. A group of participants anonymously painted parts of the surrounding landscape, folded it over and passed it on, resulting in hybrid vistas. The exhibition is for one evening only.
CAST’s public programme for 2015/16 is supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts, using funds from the National Lottery.