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Quarry, Two Spires – Yellow

© the artist. Photo credit: The Priseman Seabrook Collections

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A quarry and a spire, two significant features of landscape, the latter typically more admired and noticed than the earthwork that was necessary in its creation: both evoke aspects of endeavour that have shaped our world, motivated by perceived needs that have been matched by human effort and imagination. The etymology of ‘landscape’ predating its artistic associations carries meanings that are concerned with shaping land. Landscape is as much concerned with what is cut out as what is built up. The genre of landscape has largely obscured the labour involved in transformations of our surroundings. It is rarely addressed in contemporary painting. This painting arises not only from an intimate knowledge of particular landscapes that have been mined and quarried but also from a practical interrogation of practices in art associated with Conceptualism and Minimalism.

Priseman Seabrook Collection: 21st Century British Painting



Quarry, Two Spires – Yellow




acrylic on five-part panel


H 33 x W 28.5 cm

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acquired, 2013

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Priseman Seabrook Collection: 21st Century British Painting

Wivenhoe, Essex England

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