Matthew Wood exhibition at Croft Castle

Artworks by Matthew Wood in his exhibition at Croft Castle in Herefordshire

From 7 November 2016 to 24 April 2017, artist Matthew Wood has been responding creatively to Croft's historic interiors, making a series of paintings which are now on display within the castle itself.

Matthew Wood paints using his surroundings and their sense of place as his inspiration. He explores the painterly depiction of light, space and distance, as well as the unique atmosphere of a place, which is particularly pertinent at Croft, where one thousand years of power, politics and pleasure culminate in a fascinating and multi-layered history.

Wood has been responding creatively to Croft's historic interiors during an artistic residency from 7 November 2016 to 24 April 2017. He has been working inside the castle one to three days per week over the six month residency, capturing aspects of the castle in a new light. Each painting has been completed in one sitting, so visitors were able to experience his artistic process from start to finish.

You may have experienced one of Matthew Wood's residencies before at Powis Castle or Erddig, both National Trust places in Wales.

A few examples of Matthew Wood's paintings of Croft Castle
Some of Matthew Wood's paintings of Croft Castle
A few examples of Matthew Wood's paintings of Croft Castle

Some of Matthew Wood's paintings of Croft now form part of an exhibition on the first floor gallery, daily from 3 June to 14 July.

To coincide with the exhibition of Matthew's residency there will be two one day courses on working with Gouache to be held on Saturday 17 and 24 June 2017. Taking inspiration from your distinctive surroundings, you will be guided and tutored towards producing a variety of sketches, drawings and paintings.

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The Upper Gallery at Croft, which will play host to Matthew Wood's exhibition from June 3
The Upper Gallery at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
The Upper Gallery at Croft, which will play host to Matthew Wood's exhibition from June 3