On the day I went to London for the Peter Sacks exhibition, I also popped into Messum's ( where I saw the David Tress) for the current Kurt Jackson exhibition: Olive and Fig:Provence. We had a fig tree in our previous garden but it only ever produced a few underwhelming fruits, nothing like the luscious qualities of these.
I preferred the depictions of the fruit to that of the trees themselves as they had a more abstract quality and were so well observed. Of the tree paintings I like the mystery of the one below ( and how he uses text to describe what he sees and hears ) , it reminded me a bit of Samuel Palmer.
The studies of many figs carried out in different media , reminded me of the '100 Mussels' exercise, the pleasure in the combination of observation, how to portray the subtle differences , the enjoyment of using the paint, the repetition.
I loved the monoprints of the fig leaves and how they'd been incorporated along with drawings, paintings and various objects in a number of collages
My favourite was the painting of figs and snail shells on a sheet of newspaper, the contrast between the black and white, the hard and soft surfaces.