Beneath the Sky

Lansdown Gallery – September 10th to 15th, 10.00 – 16.00 hrs


For one week only, the magnificent paintings of Deborah Cox accompanied by drawings and prints by Tonia Maddison and felt and photos by David Elford. The work in this exhibition responds to landscape and waterways in some way and is inspired by the wonderful Stroud Valleys and surrounding areas.

Primarily a painter, Deborah Cox creates expressive landscapes. In this exhibition she explores the concept of ‘ghost mills’ in the landscape through compositions that include man made structures amidst the wildness of Nature, but also through the process and history of her application of paint and mixed media. Deborah’s paintings are an excavation, an uncovering of the essence of the landscape. Building up and scraping back, laying bare the process just as the land itself is built up and stripped back revealing it’s past.

Stroud Valleys Landscape by Deborah Cox

For Tonia, absorbing herself in the landscape is an important part of the process of making work. Trekking the hills and woodlands, walking along the rivers and canals, trying to capture the textures and patterns, feeling the wind, rain and sometimes sun and engaging with the history. She is searching for a connection with this place through the process of drawing, making and printing, outdoors and in the studio.

Untitled Print by Tonia Maddison

David enjoys manipulating materials and colours – both his felting and photographs have a painterly feel.

Reflections: Lino print on felt by David Elford

Beneath the Sky is artist funded