“We are all using a landscape setting but the paintings are in many cases about humanity: human thought, emotion, behaviour and psychology. We wanted to show how landscape can be used to explore the strange reality of the world around us.
An award-winning artist, Josie is originally from the East Riding of Yorkshire but is now based in Liverpool. Using landscape or outdoor space as a subject matter, Josie depicts the physical evidence of human behaviour. She is interested in making work which brings about the emotion of wonder, either due to its subject matter or through the construction of the artwork.
John Elcock is a visual artist with an interest in landscape and symbolism. His paintings respond to objects or locations with a unique sense of place, whether expressed in their light, geology, sheer remoteness or birdlife.
It is a response, he argues, that is a continuation of the classical landscape tradition in its attempt to reveal something of the sublime in the world around us.
Paul Mellor’s work considers themes of isolation, melancholy, history, memory, loss, allegory and mortality, and displays faith in the continuing relevance of painting in a digital age.
A recurring concern of his work is to open a dialogue that seeks to interpret a psychological space that is more representative of a state of mind than any specific place.
Roger Jeffery, exhibitions and interpretation officer for Culture Warrington, the charity which runs Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, said: “This is a really engaging display which shows how relevant landscape painting still is.
“The three artists’ use of landscape to explore the human world is intriguing and provides a fascinating context to the striking work exhibited.”
Exhibition title: A Strange Reality
Dates: Until Saturday 16 September
Times: All day
Location: Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Museum Street, Warrington, WA1 1JB