Floating World

Floating World (detail) by Luke Elwes

Floating World, an exhibition of new work by Luke Elwes opens on 2 July and runs until 30 August 2016

These recent works on paper reflect the artist’s interest in the transient nature of place and memory. They capture the elemental flow of life on the tidal margins of the Walton backwaters and are made using the elements themselves, combining coloured pigments with silt and mud and inks washed with rain and salt water.

'I want to convey something of the fragility and impermanence of this tidal territory, close by the Stour estuary and similarly flat under an East Anglian sky but quite different to that sense of timeless order and apparent tranquillity found in Constable country’.

Luke Elwes has exhibited in galleries and museums in Europe and the UK, and his work was most recently shown in East Anglia at The Minories Colchester in 2014. He was the festival artist  for the Roman River Music.

 In 2015 he was resident artist at the Josef Albers Foundation USA and in 2011 he gave an ’Artists Eye’ talk at the National Gallery.

Luke Elwes was born in 1961 in London, where he now lives and works. His early years were spent in Iran, where the light and space of the mountains and desert were a formative influence. Between 1980 and 1985 he studied at Bristol University and Camberwell School of Art (UAL), and in 2007 was awarded an MA distinction in Art History from Birkbeck College, London University.

For more information www.lukeelwes.com/

or contact sarah.milne@nationaltust.org.uk.