Conversations with Nature: Helen Thomas, Alison Critchlow and Natalie Dowse

27 July 2022 - 21 August 2022

Artist and Art House Studio holder Helen Thomas curates an exhibition of painters based across the UK, who respond to the natural environment. The exhibition will include contemporary painters Alison Critchlow based in Cumbria and Natalie Dowse based in Portsmouth alongside works by Helen Thomas from Wakefield.

The exhibition is a celebration of the artists’ relationships with the natural environment, from plants that squeeze their way through the cracks in the pavement to the uncanny or the familiar in the urban and natural landscape, and a recognition of their shared experience. Through the artists’ interactions and emotional connections with nature, the exhibition will use the language of paint as a medium to explore the unpredictable beauty found within the natural world.

Critchlow, Dowse and Thomas all studied together at Falmouth School of Art, Cornwall, and 2022 marks 30 years since the artists graduated. The exhibition is a celebration of their passion to document nature, plants and place through painting and drawing.

Image: Helen Thomas, Yarrow and Nettle on Smyth Street, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

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