Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Lights of West Cornwall

Kurt Jackson at Messum's, London 16th January - 2nd February.
Based on lighthouses and lightships, this exhibition shows a range of Kurts work from rough paper sketches through limited edition etchings to huge canvases priced at £38,000. There are plenty of his classic 'sparkly water' seascapes which are beautiful but I am always drawn to his waves crashing on rocks such as Sunshine on Pendeen Watch, huge seas, deafening. (above) This painting is being sold on behalf of Friends of the Earth, others are being sold for the RNLI.

Kurt has a strong ecological background and sees the lighthouse as a metaphor, 'At the margins of land and water, they are an early warning system of the danger from global warming and rising sea levels.'

Among the smaller works are a number of sketches of Godrevy (pronounced Gud-reevy) Lighthouse worked on pages from Virginia Wolf's To the Lighthouse for which Godrevy was the inspiration.

1 comment:

Karen said...

Thanks so much for posting this Gail. Have wanted to se Kurt Jacksons work for ages. So will go along this week.