Artist merges maps with stunning scenery shots to create special exhibition in South Shields

Husband and wife Amy and Matthew Rangel exhibitions at the Customs House as part of Year of Drawing.

Husband and wife Amy and Matthew Rangel exhibitions at the Customs House as part of Year of Drawing.

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Stunning scenery features in the latest exhibition at South Tyneside gallery.

Rolling hills, flowing rivers and sharp cliff sides all feature in Matthew Rangel’s artwork at The Customs House’s Port of Tyne 
Gallery – bringing together several different techniques to create unique maps and 
diagrams which bring 
alive the rambling landscapes. 

Husband and wife Amy and Matthew Rangel exhibitions at the Customs House as part of Year of Drawing.

Husband and wife Amy and Matthew Rangel exhibitions at the Customs House as part of Year of Drawing.

His work, entitled Linear Referencing, is part of the region-wide drawing programme, which aims to explore the role of drawing in art, culture and the everyday as well as how artists, designers and makers use drawing in their practice.  

Matthew said: “I didn’t see much depth to the world around me until I started drawing. One of my professors taught me that drawing is about understanding your subject rather than just copying it.

“As such, drawing has become a way for me to see, understand, and perceive.”

Framed by the graphically encoded language of 
maps, his work is generated primarily using lithography, along with a variety of other traditional and 
digital printmaking methods to incorporate observation-based drawing, photography, and historic inquiry, 
with topographic field research.

Drawing has become a way for me to see.

Matthew Rangel

Esen Kaya, the venue’s gallery curator and drawing project co-ordinator, added: “Having seen Matthew’s work in a book titled ‘Map of the World according to Illustrators and 
Storytellers’ back in 2013, I was struck by the incredible way in which he captured 
his region’s landscape in such a multi-layered and detailed way, almost as if the 
entire experience of being there was drawn on 
paper.”

“We are very lucky to have such beautiful work from the US here in South Shields for all our audiences to engage in and hopefully be inspired by.”

Linear Referencing runs at The Customs House Gallery in Mill Dam, South Shields until Sunday, November 15.

Husband and wife Amy and Matthew Rangel exhibitions at the Customs House as part of Year of Drawing.

Husband and wife Amy and Matthew Rangel exhibitions at the Customs House as part of Year of Drawing.

Husband and wife Amy and Matthew Rangel exhibitions at the Customs House as part of Year of Drawing.

Husband and wife Amy and Matthew Rangel exhibitions at the Customs House as part of Year of Drawing.