Haarlem Artspace presents Litherland’s new paintings on hand woven canvas’s
that explore time, nature and our relationship to the land around us.
Having been inspired by his residency with Full Grown Litherland’s current work is in collaboration with textile designer Angharad McLaren and explores the relationship between hand-made linen canvas and painting.
In a field in Derbyshire they prepared the ground, sowed and nurtured a crop of flax plants, which was then harvested and retted so the fibre could be processed into hand-spun linen yarn. This was hand woven into a patterned linen canvas, which was primed and painted on by the artist.
Weaving and painting become investigative tools that explore the value of labour, locality, materials and their relationships to concepts, both historical and contemporary of inter-connectivity between nature and us. Context and meaning are woven and painted within the surface.
Geoff is a Mexican born artist based in Derbyshire. In 2012 he completed an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University of London. Recognition to date includes featuring in the Bonhams auction A Contemporary Edge in 2014, being selected for the 2013 Catlin Guide; in 2012 he won the Saatchi Online Surreal Showdown and the prestigious Warden’s Purchase prize from Goldsmiths. He has also been selected for the John Moores 25 Painting prize at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool and won the Nottingham Castle Open in 2008; Geoff’s work explores the tension between the natural world and its grasping appropriation by human influence.