THREE artists have teamed up to create an exhibition which explores the relationship between landscapes and our perception of reality.

John Elcock, Josie Jenkins and Paul Mellor are showcasing A Strange Reality at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery until September 16.

It features more than 30 canvases, including several large scale works

The challenging paintings on display examine the sublime, memory, recollection and ambiguity, and include references to art history, cinema and urban decay.

Award-winning artist Josie, who is originally from the East Riding in Yorkshire but is now based in Liverpool, said: “There are concurrent themes running through the work that we selected for the exhibition.

“We are all using a landscape setting but the paintings are in many cases about humanity: human thought, emotion, behaviour and psychology.

“We wanted to show how landscape can be used to explore the strange reality of the world around us.”

John Elcock is a visual artist with an interest in landscape and symbolism.

His paintings respond to objects or locations with a unique sense of place, whether expressed in their light, geology, remoteness or birdlife.

Paul Mellor’s work considers themes of isolation, melancholy, history, memory, loss, allegory and mortality.

Roger Jeffery, exhibitions and interpretation officer for Culture Warrington, the charity which runs Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, said: “This is a really engaging display which shows how relevant landscape painting still is.

“The three artists’ use of landscape to explore the human world is intriguing and provides a fascinating context to the striking work exhibited.”

n A Strange Reality is free to view at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery until September 16