Valley House Gallery is pleased to present our third exhibition of paintings by John Cobb. This exhibition is comprised of a series of small works painted on site during a recent residency in Italy.
"We visit the land of dreams, through those winding narrow lanes, the poplars all in a row, the majestic cypresses, all in flash. We try to capture these scenes in the undulating landscape, so manicured, and we look for the vestiges of what might have been wild once. We look in the past, maybe of Corot wandering about amongst the oaks near Volterra, and we measure what we see, whether these idyllic landscapes can be represented in the faces of people we meet there."
"The modern world has its occlusions, it seems to create an ever-present strain upon our hopes, a snide and hurried disaffection. Can I reconcile these observations of the people's faces in the large cities with such a cultivated and deeply cultured realm? Is there a disconnect? Had I only gone to escape? Where-ever I went was I liable only to discover that lurking spirit of preoccupation. These doubts I cast aside in the doing of these works, silently and alone, I have intended to simply convey a newly conceived scene forever able to assuage man's terrors, a reinvention into the dream, an Italy of a deep history."