Restless City exhibition

Vibrant cityscapes by Bristol-based fine artist Tom Lietzau – a personal perspective on the city’s iconic spots

New collection of atmospheric images of central Bristol,  escapes into the city’s green spaces, and further away – to the coast – will be presented at Christmas Steps Gallery in Tom Lietzau’s solo show in mid March. The exhibition features sublime visions of Avon Gorge, Broad Quay, and Avon New Cut, set in the early 1900s, and stunning views of contemporary Bristol.

Among the works on show is the startling, Burning Sky over Park Street, featured in the local press as ‘prophetic’, as it was finished days before a fire broke out in a Bristol University building near Park Street at the turn of 2018. Another highlight of the exhibition is an eerie vision of the Suspension Bridge, renamed as Bristol ‘Suicide’ Bridge.

The paintings belong to the Genius Loci series, emerging from Tom’s fascination with Bristol’s picturesque setting and its complex history. About this series, the artist said, A ‘Place’ can inspire me to inquire about what it was like in the past, who lived here and how they lived. Since arriving in Bristol, I carefully studied old Bristol photographs and history books and talked to local people. I went on many guided walks and explored streets and corners, getting lost and finding my way around.

Being relatively “new” to the city, Tom’s approach to the Bristol theme is fresh and enriched with his own cultural background.  In this project, I wanted to capture the essence of the place which is beyond time, and to express the emotions behind every image, the artist added.

The dream-like quality of the landscapes, with objects looming in a fog, emerging from the darkness, or flooded with sunlight, removes the time element and projects the artist’s vision of the city: restless, unsettling, and exhilarating.

The paintings were created using a lengthy process of applying multiple layers of oil and acrylic paint. In the artist’s word’s, the hidden layers are the ‘soul’ of the painting, allowing colour to slowly develop through texture. (Watch this short video to find out more about Tom’s painting process.)

Alongside original paintings, there will be limited edition prints and cards available to purchase. The artist will be present at the exhibition.

For exhibition updates, follow #geniusloci2018 on Twitter and Instagram or visit the event’s Facebook page.

Dates: 13th – 18th March 2018, 10am – 6pm
Private view open evening: 13th March, 6-8pm
Where: Christmas Steps Gallery, 11 Christmas Steps, Bristol, BS1 5BS
Free entry, everyone welcome