Following the success of our most recent show, SCAPES, I thought it would be appropriate to talk a little bit about why we felt this theme significant enough to base DBG’s first ever THEMED exhibition surrounding it.

Landscapes have always been a powerful focus for artists throughout history, from Rembrandt, Constable and Turner, to Dali, Matisse and Monet, and the contemporary art world is no different.

One could endeavour to explore why landscapes have called to the artist throughout time, however, what I am more interested in is how these scenes change and are depicted artist to artist.

I believe this theme is a particularly curious one as SCAPES suggests that each artist, whether they conceive classic a landscape, a seascape, a cityscape or even a dreamscape, is constructing their own world, or indeed their own distinct understanding of the world visually in order to give others the joy of experiencing it too. Perhaps the most noticeable aspect is also how incredibly different they all have approached and interpreted this brief. For me, this shows not just the individuality of the artist, but how completely and brilliantly unique our imaginations are as creative beings.

This notion was celebrated through the exhibition, guaranteeing a dramatic variety of different artistic styles and showcasing the diversity and breadth of the gallery’s growing portfolio. SCAPES displayed an array of abstract, hyperrealist, urban, surrealist and impressionistic pieces in a range of media and altering scale, and so subsequently there was ‘something for everyone’, which is a motto DBG aims to continue delivering in the future.

Each artwork was accompanied by a brief, complementary written response to the theme by the artists themselves, which added a further layer of meaning to the pieces and shed a significant ray of light upon the inspiration each artist had used to interpret ‘scapes’ in their own way.

To conclude: contemporary art arguably sets the artist free from constraints, but sometimes it is the introduction of limitations that are necessary for the mind to really flourish. Therefore the introduction of a theme (or brief) to our artists featured in this show enabled them to produce our most collectively engaging and intriguingly contrasting exhibition to date.

By Lydia Riddell