Ian Chamberlain Drawings and Prints

Exhibiting alongside – Constable in Bristol “Truth to Nature” – Bristol Museum and Art Gallery -10 May—1 September 2024

9th May 2024

I am very proud to be exhibiting Shifting Sands, Blockade,  Dome I and Mirror I at the  Bristol Museum and Art Gallery alongside the Iconic work ‘ The Hay Wain‘ by John. Constable.

The Hay Wain by John Constable is coming to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on loan from The National Gallery. Constable’s iconic landscape will be the centre piece in an exhibition “Truth to Nature”.

Blockade, edition of  20


2024 is the 200th anniversary of the National Gallery, London and to mark it they are sending twelve of their greatest paintings to 12 museums and art galleries in the UK.

The Hay Wain is coming to Bristol, perhaps because of Bristol’s own history of landscape art.

Painted in 1821 The Hay Wain is an icon of English landscape art. It has been widely reproduced, copied, satirised and politicised.

Shifting Sands , Etching, Edition of 20

Starting with the Hay Wain, “Truth to Nature” will explore how landscape has inspired artists from Constable to the present day. With art from Bristol Museum & Art Gallery’s extensive collection the exhibition will also include oil sketches by Constable from the Victoria & Albert Museum.  

We will contextualise Constable with an early landscape from the 1600s by Jacob van Ruisdael. “Truth to Nature” will show Constable’s influence with examples from the Bristol School and 19th century French art. We will show Modernist landscapes from the 20th century by Christopher Wood and Ivon Hitchens. Together with a conceptual land piece by Richard Long, we will show an abstract landscape by the St Ives artist Peter Lanyon.

Dome I, 2016

Dome I, Etching

This exhibition will examine how artists have seen the land as a place of refuge, but also as hostile to humans. We’ll also show artists’ awareness of human destruction of the land.

“Truth to Nature” will be accompanied by free exhibitions. Listening in the Dark by Maeve Brennan explores the nocturnal life of bats. Borderlands will examine the challenges of divided lands. Charlotte Prodger presents LGBT relations to nature in LHB. Ian Chamberlain’s contemporary ruins chart the Atlantic Wall. Yto Barrada’s Sleepers photographs of migrants are a stark vision of the barriers to movement across the land.