Working on the beaches along the Severn Estuary near Cardiff, Setch takes his local environment as subject matter and medium. Since the mid-seventies he has observed and charted the gradual despoiling of that shoreline in large-scale, vigorous paintings using a process which mirrors the decay on the sea edge. This exhibition bring together work developed over the last three years to reveal Setch as a radical force in current British painting. His art may now be seen as the latest in the long tradition of painting which has sought to capture a sense of place in the British landscape and which, in the late twentieth century, cannot be divorced from a sense of time.
Organised by Camden Arts Centre, with ORIEL, Cardiff and the National Museum of Wales. After it’s London showing the exhibition will tour to Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh.