"Visitors to Jupiter Artland are given a map indicating the location of the artworks within the grounds. But there's no set route. Clockwise or anticlockwise is your choice, as is the retracing of steps for a second look. The artworks are land marks, events, confrontations on a journey of discovery; an open-ended journey."
Although there are a few artworks situated indoors, the vast majority are outside, and so it really is a place to be visited in good weather. There is plenty to see, and it is easy to spend 2-3hours wandering round the artworks. Even the cafe is filled with art. It was recently extended and transformed by artist Nicholas Party, into Cafe Party.
"Cafe Party features decorative wall painting, hand painted tables, custom designed furniture, servery and screen printed crockery. Party’s work examines classical genres and motifs explored throughout art history and painting such as still life and portraiture as well as how these are presented. The expansive mural acts as a framing device and a fantastical stage set for a series of pastel compositions delivered in Party’s unique aesthetic language.
The wall murals also tie to the artist interest in art history which are often executed in styles that retaining parameters by honouring traditional processes and materials. Recently this has expanded into the use of trope l’oiel which is used throughout Café Party in the malachite surfaces.
Through Party’s distinctive paintings and drawings Café Party directly responds to the surrounding woodland of Jupiter Artland, borrowing imagery from the landscape to furnish the restaurant and the vibrancy of the collection is celebrated in the vivid colour palette. Patters repeat throughout with tropical shrubbery that line the foreground, whilst clashing skinny twigs and wall climbers reach for the light overall producing a fantastical, almost psychedelic scene."
In future blog posts I will give more details about a selection of the artworks, but here are a few photos to give you a taster of what there is to see.
THE LIGHT POURS OUT OF ME
YOU IMAGINE WHAT YOU DESIRE