Treasures of the Deep is an exhibition of recent paintings by Gary Scholes that explores the symbolism of the creative imagination. Using the iconography of modern warfare, dream symbolism and referencing images from the popular culture of his youth, Gary’s aim is to illustrate the landscape of his own subconscious with a view to capturing and analysing those fleeting visual moments and hallucinations. Inspired by children’s illustrated books and comics, military training manuals, aerial photographs, maps and printed ephemera.
Gary has taken visual elements from these sources and combined them with his sketchbook doodles and fantasy drawings to produce a series of engaging, thought-provoking imaginary landscapes painted in a way that reflects the exploration of ideas and the obsessive, passionate energy found in his sketchbooks.
The intention of this exhibition of new work is to show how, through drawing and painting, hidden meanings can be revealed and how that act of discovery contributes to positive mental well-being.
‘Whenever I enter a field or walk down a quiet country lane I am in awe of nature and the beauty of the English landscape. But, if I linger too long, the view before me slowly changes. I see figures in the bushes, shapes in the ground and the sky filling with flying objects. Images from my subconscious invade the scene. My mind becomes overexcited and I am no longer at peace…I am at war.’
Private view: Friday 12 January, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Artist talk: Sunday 14 January, 2:00 – 3:00pm