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Monday, 30 April 2018

Foyer display: Justin Hedley

‘Above Gubbio I’ and ‘Above Gubbio II’ by Justin Hedley (oil and encaustic on canvas)

St Martin-in-the-Fields is home to several commissions and permanent installations by contemporary artists.

We also have an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions, as well as a group of artists and craftspeople from the St Martin’s community who show artwork and organise art projects on a temporary basis.

One of the initiatives from this group is a changing display of work by the group members. Each month a different member of the group will show an example of their work, so, if you are able, do return to see the changing display.

The two works shown here were painted following a pilgrimage to Italy, distilling life-affirming and all-enveloping experiences of place and genius loci in our otherwise constructed and complicated daily lives.

Quick visual notes were made as a reference (see example of sketchbooks in the nearby display cabinet), and the journey continues via the materials, exploring the unanticipated and tempering of the numinous. The aim is to strike a balance between the external visual – but not slavish to verisimilitude – and the internalised timeless – as a palimpsest of memories and reflection akin to prayer, and as such requiring daily nurture to provide nourishment.


Ralph Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

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