SUFFOLK.- Osborne Samuel
announces an exhibition of new work by gallery artist, photographer Justin Partyka. Hosted by the National Trust, Flatford, the show is being displayed in the Boat House gallery, located in the setting of John Constables The Hay Wain.
Featuring the same East Anglian landscapes that once inspired Gainsborough, Constable and Munnings, Partyka provides an alternative response to the grand vistas of the British Masters through his new body of work. Investigating the peculiar, particular and the poetic elements of this landscape, Partyka's images harness the region's great light to capture the hidden places and scenes often absent from traditional depictions.
For this new series, Partyka (with funding assistance from AONB) dedicated two summers to exploring the footpaths, fields, meadows and farm tracks of the Stour river valley, located on the Suffolk-Essex border. A timeless landscape, much of the area remains untouched from the times of Constable, largely escaping the impact of industrial agriculture.
Reflecting on the project, Justin Partkya comments: From my experience of making these photographs I came to see why this area is the heart of English landscape art. People come to this part of East Anglia literally to step into the paintings of these Masters of British Art. But I set out to find my own vision of the Stour Valley.
Justin Partyka has been photographing the East Anglian landscape and people for over a decade. Previous exhibitions include an acclaimed solo show at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (2009) and a show at Osborne Samuel in December 2013, during which his work featured in the Guardian Magazine and on Anglia Television.