Exploring the moments
of stillness on the boundaries.
An exhibition by Stephen Firth, of work from 2015 to 2017.
“I have always been interested in how one feels and responds to being on the edge of a space or structure – whether natural or man-made structures. There appears to me to be occasionally a level of tension occurring in some circumstances, while more often the circumstances seem to provide a simple tranquillity, of stillness, especially in the presence of water.
The point of Transition is that as humans we are a constantly moving beast and as a result are constantly encountering and moving through these edges and spaces. Occasionally we arrive at a place that halts us for a while before moving on. These are the spaces I have tried to present.
I have found the opportunity for exploring this idea on my doorstep – with my studio being located on a cliff edge overlooking the River Derwent. In addition I have found that similar experiences exist elsewhere in the State as well as in some of the places I encountered during two painting excursions to Italy. To explore this idea I have generally, but not exclusively, included people in my works to give scale and the opportunity for further emotional response to the location.
On a personal note the exhibition, representing works from over the last three years, has given me the opportunity to display my own transition of medium from pastel to oil to watercolour.”
– Stephen Firth
Friday 26 January – Monday 5 February 2018
10:00am – 5:30pm daily
Thursday 25 January 2017 @ 5:00pm
Image Credits: Stephen Firth