Thursday 27 October 11am The Beacon £6 Art and the local landscape star in Patrick Dillon’s talk on ‘The Middle Ridgeway: rich history and artistic connections’. Patrick, a cultural ecologist, has written a book with environmental historian Eric Jones on the Streatley-Avebury section of the Ridgeway, the prehistoric long distance path which passes near to Wantage. Drawing on the path’s rich historical and natural history records as well as its fine literary associations, the book tells the story of the landscape from prehistory to the present day.
Due to be launched on 8 September, the book is illustrated with beautiful landscape paintings by Patrick’s daughter, artist Anna Dillon. Her work is very well known in Berkshire and Oxfordshire and she constructs her paintings by processes of layering that reflect the historical imprint of the environment. Anna, who spent many years working as a graphic designer and illustrator before she became a full time painter, has a passion for both walking and history. In 2009, she walked the Ridgeway National Trail and produced an acclaimed exhibition of paintings that followed the four seasons along this track. She cites many of the 20th century British landscape painters from Paul and John Nash to Peter Lanyon and John Piper as major influences on her style of work. Anna will be present at Patrick’s talk, ready to answer questions about her paintings.
Patrick, who taught landscape studies and ecology at the University of Reading before taking up professorial positions at the Universities of Eastern Finland and Exeter, will examine how the Ridgeway inspires both his and his daughter’s work. He will explore how paintings and text interact to construct a sense of place that is both distinctive and mysterious.
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