Constable's Walks by Lucy Marks
An exhibition of over 50 new paintings created whilst following in the footsteps of John Constable RA.
Award-winning artist Lucy Marks grew up in and around Brighton and lives in Worthing, where she devotes most of her practice to capturing the Sussex landscape in evocative oil and watercolour paintings.
For her latest body of work, Lucy set out on an artistic pilgrimage within the local seaside and countryside by following the footsteps of historically acclaimed landscape painter John Constable RA.
The resulting exhibition, Constable’s Walks , will showcase over 50 new paintings, including Flags on Palace Pier (above right), celebrating the coast and landscape above and around Brighton.
The exhibition will be open and free to see at the Royal Watercolour Society Galleries , 3-5 Whitcomb Street, London, WC2H 7HA, from 30 August to 10 September 2022.
While he spent time with his family in Brighton, from 1824 to 1828, Constable routinely went on three favourite walks, which he recorded in his sketches:
- West, along the seafront, out of Brighton and towards Shoreham
- North, going upwards and inland, to the top of the South Downs at Devil’s Dyke
- East, along the Undercliff, towards Brighton’s Chain Pier
Blue Skies Over Devil's Dyke
The four and a half years Constable spent in Brighton were pivotal to his style and practice. He produced around 150 paintings of Brighton and its surroundings – including menacing waves and dark clouds, glittering seas specked with sails, and fishermen busying themselves on the beach.
“I am a contemporary British landscape painter” explains Lucy Marks. “As a nation we have had a wealth of amazing great masters in our tradition of landscape painting. Constable is one of those heroes.”
Following in Constable’s footsteps, award-winning artist Lucy took her pochade and painted along the paths where her 19th century forefather once walked.
This in turn, allowed her to paint in the South Downs and along the coast , where the Sussex countryside meets the seaside resort town and the bustling urbanised coast.
“What struck me was the scale and genuine industriousness of the coast” says Lucy. “Yet you can walk inland for ten minutes and be standing on windswept hillside, overlooking the sprawl below. One of the challenges I faced was how to capture landscape and townscape together. ”
- Exhibition Opens: 30 August 2022
- Exhibition Closes: 10 September 2022
- Opening times: 11-5pm daily (Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays)
- Late opening until 8pm on Fridays
- Meet the Artist: Saturday 3 September and Saturday 10 September
See more on Lucy's website, www.lucymarks.co.uk