Cartography – the art of creating maps – was enormously important to Capability Brown in his landscape designs and to the draughtsmen that he employed such as John Spyers. Simon Vernon therefore takes a very different view of Brown’s work, but one which would have been very familiar to him as he went about proposing landscapes, capturing ideas and representing them in map form. As one of the world’s leading map makers, Simon brings painstaking skill to bear in his work.
Portraying both architectural detail and perspective, his works are a piece of history in themselves, truly recording the picture of Brown’s and others’ landscapes as they appear in the 21st century. Some of the properties that he depicts will be private estates, giving an intimate glimpse into the value of modern landscape recording.
Visitors to the art gallery will have the opportunity to meet the man himself and delve a little deeper into this fascinating and informative process on Wednesday 11th and 18th May (11am – 1pm) and Sunday 8th and Sunday 15th May (2pm – 4pm). Simon will be painting up one of his estate maps and will explain the processes behind the work, where he seeks inspiration and is happy to answer any questions visitors may have.
11am – 4pm