The Chapel Gallery in Bromyard is once again bringing an exciting exhibition to the heart of Herefordshire, featuring the work of four important British artists of the 1950s and 1960s, each of whom adopted a distinctive approach to Capturing the Countryside.

It's an impressive line-up of 21st century greats for a small gallery, and it's an exhibition that came about by chance, as Sheila Farrell of the Chapel Gallery explains. "We have three or four exhibitions here every year, and last year, Dr Richard Turkington, who has put together the exhibition, came to see our h.Art exhibition. We just got chatting and he said this might be a good venue to show some of his collection."

Dr Turkington, FRSA, is the director of the mid-century specialists, Fifties Art, and he will be present at the exhibition every day, available to talk in more detail about and share his passion for the work in the exhibition.

The quartet of painters on display are Garrick Palmer, a painter and printmaker born in Portsmouth in 1933 who studied at Portsmouth College of Art and Design (1951-55) and then at the Royal Academy (1955-59). In addition to his imaginative watercolours he has also illustrated numerous books with fine wood engravings, and his work is held in many private and public collections.

Perhaps the best known name of the four is John Piper (1903-1992) who was a prolific painter, printmaker and designer of stained glass and opera and theatre sets. "More than half of the paintings in the exhibition are by John Piper," explains Sheila, who works at The Gallery with owner Vicky Barker.

Having been an official war artist during World War II Piper captured the British landscape at a time of peril and change. With works in many private, Royal and public collections including The Tate, his reputation continues to grow and his work is increasingly collectible.

The third artist in the quartet exhibited at The Chapel Gallery is Rowland Suddaby (1912-1972), another prominent British artist whose works have been acquired by prominent collectors and public bodies including the V&A Museum. His work evokes the Suffolk countryside which became his home, with fields, ponds lanes and fences caught in his own distinctive style.

Completing the line-up is Robert Tavener (1920-2004) a quiet man who produced many lithographs, linocuts, woodcuts, screen prints, watercolour and gouache paintings, described his work as “English countryside and English architecture. Shape, pattern, colour, texture, design. In other words, my subject matter is a personal interpretation of the richness, variety, beauty, and the underlying relationship with the past, of our landscape and building.”

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Capturing the Countryside provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase the extraordinarily creative and colourful work being produced in what is often seen as a drab post-war period.

The exhibition runs from October 7 to 15, 11am to 5pm, closed Monday and Tuesday.

The gallery welcomes all visitors and light refreshments will be available in the pop-up cafe. For more details visit the website at