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.
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.