In the Footsteps of the Ancients
an exhibition of drawings by
Richard Morgan & Nigel Moody
Nigel Moody and Richard Morgan have chosen the title 'In the Footsteps of the Ancients' to celebrate the inspiration they have gained from a group of early nineteenth century painters and engravers. They were known as 'The Ancients' and among their members were such illustrious artists as William Blake, Samuel palmer, George Richmond and Edward Calvert. Between 1826 and 1834, they gathered at the home of Palmer at Shoreham in Kent, and while drawing inspiration from the past they produced work of a sublime mystical nature. Within the work in this exhibition a definate echo of the 'Shoreham Ancients' is to be found - at times a direct inspiration. But, as these two artists so profoundly agree " The creative heart of every human being is different; the calligraphy of our handwriting alone verifies this uniqueness - how much more our drawing". At one level much of the richness of their work can be found in the individual marks made by pen, pencil or brush, and it is ,of course, upon these marks that their pictorial ideas are hung. And what is their pictorial world? Like the original 'Ancients' there is a sense of the "Paradise Lost": a sense of longing: a sense of a landscape that can be viewed as being ideally real.