Summer Days in the Valley by Justin Partyka

Stratford St Mary, 2012, courtesy of the artist, Osborne Samuel, the National Trust and the Boat House Gallery

Gainsborough, Constable and Munnings have immortalised East Anglian landscapes through their paintings – now photographer Justin Partyka will provide an alternative to the grand vistas of these British Masters through his new body of work. Partyka, who has been photographing English landscapes for over a decade, comments on the project: ”From my experience of making these photographs I came to see why the area is the heart of English landscape art. People come to this part of East Anglia literally to step into the paintings of these Masters of British Art. But I set out to find my own vision of the Stour Valley”. 

And what a vision it is. Stratford St Mary (2012), for example, is suffused in a gentle yellow light, almost as if one is casting one’s gaze across the landscape through a diaphanous veil. Partyka dedicated two summers to exploring the footpaths, fields, meadows and farm tracks of the Stour River Valley, which appear timeless despite the vagaries of time. The exhibition will be accompanied by a photography workshop held by Partyka entitled Exploring Constable Country with a Camera (7 and 8 June) in Suffolk. For booking details, visit the artist’s or contact Sarah Milne

Partyka’s works are represented by . His new show is hosted by the National Trust, will run from 3 May to 29 June, and will be displayed in the Boat House Gallery. Fittingly, the exhibition is located in the setting of Constable’s The Hay Wain

, Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk CO7 6UL

Images courtesy of the artist, Osborne Samuel, the National Trust and the Boat House Gallery.

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