The Art of Listening – A collection of paintings in response to music and landscape by Angie Spencer
The exhibition runs from 13th October through to and including 21st November 2021. Opening times are 11-4pm Wednesdays through Sundays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
‘My method for responding to music is to listen to a piece and wait for colours, moods and images to arise in my artistic imagination and I draw on the information I have gathered in sketches during plein air expeditions.
The act of seeing and drawing has become the usual technical starting point for my paintings. There is something magical in making a drawing in situ – travelling to the site often by bike or on foot. Even if it the drawing is not completely accurate, my intention starts to becomes manifest, and I take ownership of what I am seeing. This process completely changes the quality of the finished painting (which I work up in the studio) in a way that working from a photograph never can. In this respect I look back to the methods of the great Romantic painters, Constable, Turner and Delacroix.
When I am at the painting stage I have a discipline that I only apply paint if I am actually listening to the piece in question. It is important for me to stay immersed in the energy of the music – it is as though it has a particular frequency which is not my own but that of the composer and I don’t want to impose extraneous ideas on the finished work.’
Also included in this exhibition are some of Angie’s smaller plein air oil paintings which inform her responses to music