The Sublime Landscape

An exhibition of landscape-inspired art by Alistair Tucker, head of art at The Queen’s School, Chester, has opened at the city’s Grosvenor Museum.  ‘Alistair Tucker: The Sublime Landscape’ runs until 16 July.

Alistair Tucker said:  “My exhibition presents a collection of drawings, paintings and etchings about the British landscape.  The effects of weather upon the extremities of land are often variable and change quickly.  I love the way in which wind, cloud and rain change the light and therefore the form of the landscape.  Light in a landscape has become my predominant preoccupation.  Light comes from above but so often appears to come from within the landscape, as though the land itself would speak.”

Alistair Tucker explained:  “The Victorian poet-priest Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote ‘The world is charged with the grandeur of God’.  My work looks to explore such excellence, grandeur and beauty.  As a man I respond to the world around me.  Art is one way in which I try to make sense of it.  Many things inspire me visually, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.  Music, poetry, art and the Bible are just a few of the other sources of inspiration, which visitors will see appearing in the work on display.”

Alistair Tucker continued:  “I was born in Hampshire and now live on the Wirral.  I have a degree in fine art from Bristol Polytechnic and a postgraduate certificate in art and design education from Middlesex University.  Since 2006 I have been head of art at The Queen’s School, Chester.  I have exhibited in the United Kingdom and the United States since 1991, and was elected to the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) in 2011.”

Dr Alison Knight, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Director of Places Strategy, said:  “I am delighted that the Grosvenor Museum is exhibiting the work of this talented local artist.  Alistair Tucker’s art offers a passionate response to the grandeur and drama of the British landscape.  I am sure that our visitors will be thrilled and moved by the emotional intensity of his work.”

The programme of accompanying adult events includes:

  • Friday 12 May, Exhibition Tour with Alistair Tucker RBSA
  • Tuesday 6 June, A Soirée with Alistair Tucker RBSA

There is also a programme of family activities:

  • Wednesday 31 May, Light and Shade Craft Day
  • Friday 2 June, Summer Discovery Day

The Grosvenor Museum is open Monday – Saturday 10.30-5 and Sunday 1-4, admission free, donations welcome.