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Kirkby Gallery is the first stop on Approaching Thunder’s national tour

Approaching Thunder draws from a collection of 1940s British prints and drawings at The Hepworth Wakefield, a popular art gallery in Yorkshire that exhibits some of the best international modern and contemporary art.

The astonishing work on paper reflects on the 1940s, a decade of anxiety, austerity and idealism; all of which still resonates with our lives today.

At the exhibition, you can see work from leading artists such as John Piper, Graham Sutherland and Edward Bawden who all chose to work with the inexpensive medium of paper during a time when materials were rationed and the art market was in crisis.

Individual experiences are behind all of the work, allowing the audience to explore ordinary lives under extraordinary shared circumstances from around 70 years ago.

Come and see some of the beautiful landscapes that the exhibition boasts. These images reveal devastation but also the lingering vitality of the natural world. This could be a reflection on the move to a renewed social engagement as public interest in the modern art world soared across England around this time.

Also on display, is Henry Moore’s illustrations of book which were printed using lithography. Many modernist artists chose to use lithography, with the low cost of the printing method being a selling point.

You can visit the Approaching Thunder exhibition at Kirkby Gallery, Norwich Way L32 8XY until Saturday 7 April 2018.

The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm

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