Wycliffe Stutchbury's forthcoming solo exhibition is comprised of ambitious pictorial wall panels inspired by the countryside he has experienced and lived in over his lifetime; from the Fenlands of East Anglia to the South Downs coated in thick forests, where the artist spent his earliest days. This childhood relationship to woodland means he has an intrinsically close bond to his material: holly bush, oak and bogwood express his emotional connection to his subject while acting as an index of place itself. For Wycliffe, the finished work is always an exploration of landscape, 'an observation of its folds and contours, its valleys, peaks and ridges'. Field, furrow, fold and fall line are all embedded in the undulating scenery his work recalls.
Rhythms ebb and flow through the artist’s making process, as patterns emerge in linear forms and subtle tonal changes susurrate across the picture’s surface - reminding us of the wood’s creation, guiding us back to place; where moods change, sun warms and water soaks.