Landscape of the Plain

An exhibition of Wiltshire Landscapes by Rob Hames

Saturday 8 September – Saturday 6 October 2018

Upavon from West Chisenbury  July 2017
Widdington Late July - vertical
Widdington Late July - landscape

‘Never a dull moment’

Last year Wiltshire-born Rob Hames decided to give up his day job as an art teacher and become a full-time artist. Now he is giving his first solo show, exhibiting nearly 40 paintings and sketches at Fisherton Mill, in a demonstration that this brave career move was fully justified. ‘It’s been hard work, but there’s never a dull moment and I am very lucky to be able to do this as a living,’ he says.

Rob’s work is firmly rooted in the Wiltshire countryside and the exhibition focuses on Salisbury Plain and Rob’s fascination with this ancient area of down land. It takes the form of a visual diary collated over a year, with pictures recording the changing seasons and their effect on the landscape. Subjects range from the scarlet swathes of poppies seen in summer to the dazzling yellows of spring rape seed and the grey skies and bare trees of winter. He says ‘It’s all about getting to know a place and capturing the subtle changes that happen throughout the year.’

Rob is a plein air artist and always works in situ, priding himself on recording a specific moment while actually in the landscape. His work is immediate and instinctive, full of vigorous brush strokes and bold colours, and gives a powerful sense of the physicality of painting. ‘I like allowing myself the freedom to paint my direct response to what I am seeing – it’s not over analytical as if I wanted a photographic record I would take a photograph.’

Admission free. Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 9.30am-5.30pm