TWYFORD photographic artist Christopher Cristóbal Newberry is staging an exhibition of his work in Alresford, starting next week.

His work will be on show from Tuesday June 14 to Monday June 20 at The Light Room in the Old Chapel, The Dean. Entry is free and the exhibition is open 10am to 6.30pm.

Mr Newberry, 71, is well-known for his photographs in the best-selling books Look Up! Winchester and Look Up! Salisbury.

This will be his first show post-lockdown. Shortly before the Covid pandemic he had exhibited in the National Museum of Art in Romania, and another in Yorkshire.

The exhibition, True Colours, focuses on the recent times of 'post-truth' and Mr Newberry has written a short book to accompany the show.

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He was strongly affected by the Covid pandemic. Although he did exhibit at The Other Art Fair in London last year between lockdowns, his show at the Light Room Gallery will be the first since March 2020.

During the lockdown periods he developed a series of works derived from being forced to have a closer look at his home environment and a sense of dread when thinking about what the future might hold for us all. One of his works illustrates that sense of dread: Composition 462 "Coronavirus" – a message in semaphore code with gardening tools, DIY paintbrush and heavy duty face mask. Other compositions from that period include "Philosophers", "Dining Room", "From Stone to Life" and "Tête à Tate I – Symmetry".

According to his entry in Saatchi Art, "he has an obsessive interest in disentangling truth from 'alternative truth' in the ‘post-truth’world".

Of the new show, he writes: "The running theme is ‘perception’ in relation to ‘truth’ – the ‘true colours’ of people, ideas and information. How humans see and interpret information – including visual information. I am not an expert in the field of perception – not in any scientific sense, but I have read and thought a lot about it using scientific analyses. And I hope to have some small influence on the debate about how we interpret information and why we interpret it in certain ways."

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