MANCHESTER.- Using plant images from popular and classical sources, British artist Paul Morrison plays with scale to create dramatic black and white landscapes. This exhibition of his work includes new canvases, sculpture and a major site-specific wall painting.
The serial nature of his paintings is expressed in the uniform black and white that characterises them throughout and the recurrence of individual plant motifs that he presents under a variety of different aspects. In his landscapes and botanical paintings morrison breathes life into the traditional genre in a skilful and multi-faceted way. He consistently quotes forms of representation familiar to us from a variety of different media and varies them in imaginative ways in his compositions. The artist takes plant imagery frompopular and classical sources: he not only draws on botanical books for inspiration but also quotes popular commonplace signets from high and low culture, ranging from cartoons to paradigms from art history / of landscape predecessors, from dürer via monet to lichtenstein, to create abstracted and often magnified visions of landscape.