If you have been wandering around our 20th century and contemporary gallery recently, you may have noticed that our amazing 'Liverpool Cityscape' has disappeared! Don't worry, it's just on loan right now for the ‘Ben Johnson: Modern Perspectives’ exhibition at the National Gallery in London.
In the mean time we have an explosion of colour filling the wall, in the form of a new loan. This stunning landscape with quirky details is by Ged Quinn, the Liverpool-born artist and juror for the John Moores Painting Prize 2010. It's called 'The Exiled Forever Coming in to Land' and was painted earlier this year. Ged was inspired by the American landscape artist Frederic Edwin Church and his work called 'Twighlight in the Wilderness'.
Ged shows his love of traditional styles of painting such as the Baroque and Romantic, but he also includes his own references to contemporary culture. He says that the white horse is ‘a cheesy symbol of death and loved by fantasy poster artists.’
I like the surreal effect of the house floating in the sky, with its weird upside-down Christmas tree hanging off the bottom. It actually makes me think of Monty Python animation! It's an interesting painting to look at as you get the full impact of the colourful landscape and then the pleasure of peering at the tiny details, which gives it a sense of humour as well.
Come and have a look for yourself and see if you can spot the upside down office chair and the cart full of treasured possessions!
You can see another of Ged's paintings on our website from the John Moores 25 exhibition here and watch videos of Ged during the John Moores Painting Prize judging here.