Platform: Richard Ashrowan (with Alexander Hamilton & Stuart Ross): Landscape Symphony in 22 movements
Marvel at this abstract poetry in motion inspired by John Everett-Millais’ Sounds of Many Waters (1876) and shot on location at Perthshire’s Rumbling Bridge – one of Horsecross Arts’ rarely seen inaugural commissions for the Threshold artspace collection of contemporary art Artists film from Horsecross Arts collections inspired by the Sounds of Many Waters (1876) by John Everett Millias.
Enjoy viewing Landscape Symphony in 22 Movements (2005) for the first time juxtaposed with three of John Everett-Millais’ Pre-Raphaelite works from the Perth Museum and Art Gallery collection. Transport yourself to 2005 when Richard Ashrowan drew upon John Everett-Millais’ Sounds of Many Waters (1876) and John Ruskin’s principles of observation, exploring both the Rumbling Bridge site itself and the cultural history associated with the Pre-Raphaelite landscape. While based on observation of the real, the images themselves appear highly abstract, hard to recognise but retaining the effects of abstracted colour and movement of their original source.
Millais expressed his attraction to Highland Perthshire’s wild beauty most vividly in the Sounds of Many Waters. This large-scale painting, inspired by both Monet and Van Gogh, captures an autumnal scene on the rocky River Braan and plays with themes of life and death.
While based on observation of the real, the images themselves appear highly abstract, hard to recognise but retaining the effects of abstracted colour and movement of their original source. As Ruskin said of Turner “there is a truth of impression as well as of form”.
Showing alongside John Everett-Millais’ portraits on display at Perth Museum and Art Gallery highlighting both artists –contemporary and Pre-Raphaelite –strong links with Perth. Grab your chance to view Millais’ portraits of his wife Effie, his daughter Mary and Sir Robert Pullar alongside a contemporary tribute to the Pre-Raphaelite.
For lovers of local landscape, cultural history and their expression through art.