David Abbott


"There is also the quite distinct feeling that we are permanently screened off from things by the limitations of our perceptions and that we shall only know them as memories."
From The Unquiet Landscape by Christopher Neve

David Abbott uses paint, collage and drawing to explore the intersection of the natural world and human activity within the landscape. His deep landscapes evoke a spirit place where the land, natural world, present moment, history, folk and personal memory all corral together. The inputs may be mundane or transcendent, but the created moment is a quiet, focused expansion of reality out of which all the work gets made. David is interested in folk song and lore, how it locates and defines people inside a landscape, and centres them – through the evocations of folk memory – when outside it.

More thoughts on landscape and painting.