‘False Perspectives’, by Kate Whiteford

Kate Whiteford

I was fascinated by Kate Whiteford’s ‘False Perspectives’ exhibition, currently showing at The Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate. What Kate has done is create a large-scale installation of prints of trees for the Gallery that’s inspired by the way in which Capability Brown transformed the English landscape, through the manipulation of scale & perspective. It’s difficult to convey in words the magnitude and power of the prints or how ambitious Kate’s intentions are – really, you need to see them in the flesh.

For my part, I loved their vivid colours and the way in which they challenged my own perceptions of distance and size. This exhibition was doubly interesting to me, having recently visited Audley End House, whose beautiful gardens, that I so enjoyed exploring, were themselves designed by Capability Brown. His aim, always, was to make the landscape appear bigger than it actually was, and his legacy endures to this day, 300 years after he was born, with exhibitions such as this a fitting tribute.

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