Edward Bell and Matthew Wood artwork on display in Ludlow

Work by two acclaimed artists – including one who created album covers for David Bowie – has gone on display at a Shropshire gallery.

Edward Bell and Matthew Wood artwork on display in Ludlow

The atmospheric works of Edward Bell and Matthew Wood will be on display

The Silk Top Hat, in Ludlow’s Quality Square, is featuring Edward Bell and Matthew Wood.

A spokesman said: “We first introduced Edward Bell’s work here in 2014 although his work had already attracted a strong local following; this is his second solo show at the Silk Top Hat Gallery.

The exhibition, on the top floor, brings together new cloudscapes with another of his recurring motifs – angelic forms.

“The angels out of darkness appear, bringing their own light from a dimension divorced from day and night. Earthly skies, in all their changing glory, curtain their kingdom. 

“The presence of angels is no more far-fetched than the astonishing drama of a stately dawn, or lurid pathos of a majestic sunset. They inhabit a realm beyond imagination.”

Edward Bell works out of doors when producing his energetic landscapes and skyscapes. His approach is immersive. He said: “Whatever the weather, the true beauty of the day does not reveal itself until one steps outside. Mr Bell is exposed to the light and elements, exhilarated by wind and rain and provides a kaleidoscope of subtle hues and tone.

He studied art at Brighton College of Art, graphic design at Chelsea School of Art and photography at the Royal College of Art. He worked as a freelance photographer and illustrator for Vogue, Tatler and Elle magazines.

The Silk Top Hat is also featuring new work by Matthew Wood.

The Gallery spokesman added: “The exhibition consists of a series of interiors of local churches including Mary Magdalene in Leintwardine, St. James in Brampton Bryan, St. Alkmunds in Aymstrey and St Bartholomew’s in Richards Castle along with churches, interiors and landscapes from further north along the Welsh Marches and into Mid Wales.”

Mr Wood said the Welsh Marches offered a plethora of historic and ancient churches as inspiration.

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