Marcus Freeman - Landscape

In his upcoming exhibition of new paintings, Freeman has turned his attentions to landscape. Although not exclusively set in the English countryside, these imaginary paintings are inspired by the history of 20th century landscape painting in Britain. Using a restricted palette of black, white and muted earth colours, and negative line, Freeman's acrylic paintings resemble huge woodcuts, suggesting an ambiguity about where they sit in relation to painting, illustration and design.

Past art works by Freeman have tended to concentrate on the urban environment, populated with abandoned or empty buildings, and at first glance this new series appears to be something of a departure. But each landscape has been painstakingly built up using overlapping forms, so that Freeman's depiction of the countryside is strangely unreal. Nestled among the sculpted topography of these paintings are architectural elements like a roofless barn or an abandoned pillbox that indicate these landscapes are not quite as bucolic as they seem.

Atmospherically they also inhabit that melancholy world of his earlier urban landscapes where the sense of abandonment is all too apparent to see.

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