Re-inventing landscapes at the vertigo Gallery

Story by Jack Foley

THE theme of Landscapes, and how it is flourishing among young artists, is being explored in a new exhibition at the vertigo Gallery in Great Eastern Street, EC2, from Friday, March 7 until April 1.

The exhibition aims to show that the landscape theme is flourishing among young artists who are re-inventing it through a variety of different styles, from the hyper-real to the purely suggestive.

Each artist has their own perspective of the landscape, and visitors will be able to see it manipulated to evoke ideas of beauty and fantasy; used as a document or statement about our modern environment and as metaphor for personal experience.

The artists in question are Richard Cuerden, Mark Pearson, Daniel Rapley, Della Reed, Rosie Snell, Stephen Taylor, Stephen Walter and Richard Whadcock.

Richard Cuerden graduated with an MA in painting from the Royal College of Art in 2000 and has since exhibited widely in London and around the UK with shows that include Becks Student Video Awards, New Contemporaries and in Bloomberg Space and Charleston Museum. His work is widely collected and features in numerous private collections worldwide.

Mark Pearson completed his MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2000 and has exhibited around the UK, including an AT Kearney sponsored collaboration with David Mach RA. He has been awarded the Bundy New York Travel Award and is featured in the collections of Linklaters and Alliance and AT Kearney, London.

Daniel Rapley's work has been shown around the UK after he graduated with a BA in Fine Art in 2001. He is Vertigo's youngest featured artist and is already included in UK private collections.

Della Reed graduated with a BA in painting from Norwich School of Art in 1988 and has since exhibited widely in London, including shows with Ogilvy and Mather, The Society of Graphic Arts and Sotheby's. Her work features in a number of UK private collections.

Rosie Snell graduated with an MA from Norwich School of Art in 1995 and has had successful exhibitions in London, Peterborough, Norwich and Birmingham. She was awarded the Peterborough Open Painting Prize in 2001 and the Elizabeth Greenshields award. Her wok features in the collections of Old mutual, Charles Saatchi and Goldman Sachs.

Stephen Taylor studied painting at Leeds University and has exhibited widely in the UK, most recently with an acclaimed exhibition at King's College, Cambridge. His work features in private collections worldwide.
Stephen Taylor's London over the M25 from Essex (oil on canvas, 182 x 81cm is our main picture.)

Stephen Walter graduated with an MA in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art in 2000 and has enjoyed success with shows at Inside Space, Clifford Chance and Broadcasting House, as well as receiving numerous awards, including the Daler Rowney Drawing prize and the Letchworth Art Centre print prize. His work features in a number of collections including the Royal College of Art Drawing and Print collections and the Trusardi foundation, Milan.
Stephen Walter's There must be a wilderness out there somewhere (silkscreen/mixed media, 98 x 133cm is featured, right.)

Graduating with a Printmaking MA from the Royal College of Art in 1991, Richard Whadcock has exhibited his paintings and prints internationally, with solo shows in the UK and the USA. His work features in the Robert Horne collection and the Gulbenkian collection, as well as private collections.

vertigo, 62 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3QR. Tel: 020 7613 1386. (Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 7pm; Saturday 11am to 6pm). Entrance: Free.
Nearest rail links: Old St, Liverpool St