An exhibition of beautiful paintings by Anne Lever and poems by Michael Fox now showing at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum. ‘Anne Lever: The Poetic Landscape’ runs until 17 July.
Anne Lever left her practice as a lawyer in London to live and paint in rural Cheshire. She studied with Robin Child at his Art Research Centre and is a member of the Rosvik Collective, a group of artists interested in landscape art.
Inspired by her love and knowledge of the British landscape and its history, her work is ordered by geometry and infused with feeling for the spirit of place. Working in the imaginative Neo-Romantic tradition, her art is influenced by the French master Paul Cezanne (1839-1906), the American painter Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) and the British artist Keith Vaughan (1912-1977). Exhibiting widely and with a growing following, her work is in many private collections.
Each painting in the exhibition has inspired a poem by Michael Fox. He was the first Literary Manager of the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, before becoming a BBC drama producer. Subsequently he set up his own independent media company before co-founding and directing the Commonwealth Film Festival. Now an Anglican priest, he combines writing with doctoral research into drama and theology.
The Grosvenor Museum is open Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 5pm and Sunday 1pm – 4pm, admission free, donations welcome.