Richard captures the British countryside

Richard Billingham's Panoramic exhibition is coming to Towner, Eastbourne. SUS-150904-152319001
Richard Billingham's Panoramic exhibition is coming to Towner, Eastbourne. SUS-150904-152319001

Towner is delighted to present a major exhibition by English artist and photographer Richard Billingham, showing together for the first time his panoramic photographs and video work from 2002 to 2014.

Capturing the British countryside, from the South Downs to the Norfolk Fen and Constable Country of East of England, these immersive works explore the rich textures of these landscapes.

His panoramic views unearth the particular geology, vegetation, changing weather and light of these places, some of which he visited over a period of years.

The collected works in Panoramic have a visceral aesthetic, revealing Billingham’s emotional and creative relationship to nature and landscape, drawing on his background and sensibilities as a painter.

The works reference the pictorial rhetoric of British landscape painters, from the 19th century to the present, John Constable to David Hockney.

They explore rhythm, pattern, repetition, dynamic composition as well as the tableaux in nature and often record a transformative moment in the landscape.

Towner will also be showing Billingham’s 2012 film work Sweep, which portrays trees moving in wind, commissioned by ArtSway.

The exhibition has been supported by Middlesex University and University of Gloucestershire, in association with Anthony Reynolds Gallery.

Richard Billingham’s Panoramic, April 25-June 28, Towner, free entry. Open Tuesday to Sunday, and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am-5pm (closing hour changes to 6pm from 2 June). For more information see townereastbourne.org.uk