Places of Pilgrimage is an exhibition of paintings and hand made prints which is coming to Bluestone Gallery, Devizes. This is the fourth showing of a touring exhibition by Yorkshire artist Ian Scott Massie about special places where people go for a variety of reasons. The reasons might be musical, cinematic, spiritual, historical, legendary or literary. The places featured stretch from the standing stones of Men An Tol in Cornwall to the granite city of Aberdeen in Scotland.
Ian has spent the last two years travelling Britain portraying and writing about places as diverse as Dylan Thomas’ boathouse (where Under Milk Wood was created), King Arthur’s castle at Tintagel, Greyfriars Bobby’s grave in Edinburgh and, of course, Avebury. His initial inspiration was the work of Paul Nash (he grew up in the same area as the artist) who believed that it was possible to reveal the essential spirit of a place through painting.The result is a series of paintings and screen prints which capture the atmosphere and personality of these places.
The exhibition opens on 16th July and continues until 30th July and includes some new work of the Devizes area specially created for this exhibition. Ian has been a frequent visitor to the area since discovering Avebury as a schoolboy. For many years he had close friends living in Devizes from which he formed a great affection for the town.
Ian’s writings and pictures are also available in a book – Places of Pilgrimage – published by SPCK. The exhibition will be touring over the next year to Greenwich, Stourhead, Durham and Cambridge. I hope you will be able to come along during the exhibition to enjoy what will be a fascinating body of work.