UP ALLINGTON HILL: Oil Paintings by Adam Laurence Hedley

“To enter a wood is to pass into a different world in which we ourselves are transformed.” Roger Deakin, Wildwood: A Journey through Trees

During a trip to the town of Bridport in Dorset earlier this year, a walk up Allington Hill was suggested to me as a particular local place of interest. An Iron Age Hill Fort which at the summit, through the bluebell woods, you reach a bench at the top from which you can experience a full 360 degree panorama of the surrounding hills, skies and town in the valley below.

I made the trip up Allington Hill twice accompanied with camera, pencil and sketchbook, and it was here that I began my preliminary drawings which would form the basis for the 9 paintings in this exhibition.

In this set of oil paintings, Adam Laurence Hedley continues to explore the visceral quality of paint, texture and the accumulation of marks with an emphasis on colour. Having no advance visual strategy, he meanders through the subconscious using a free form approach. Encouraging a perfomative aspect in the doing and undoing of the image, the transfigurations, covering, layering and revealing of shape and line generate a dialogue between intuition and accident.

Adam graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Bucks New University in 2008 and since then has been living and working in London. He began a collaborative project called Parallel Point with Norwich-based curator Alice Lee in 2013. Through a continuous dialogue, within the context of their individual disciplines, the pair have been questioning and discussing the issues surrounding art display and its related events. As a result they have produced exhibitions of Hedley’s work in various locations in London and Norwich, where Hedley and Lee live respectively. This exhibition marks a continuation of their intercity collaboration.

www.adamlhedley.com; email adam.l.hedley@gmail.com

TP Hyland