Wiszniewski, who was born in Glasgow, makes dreamlike paintings filled with allegory, mystery and symbolic meaning. Landscape was painted when he was artist-in-residence at the Walker Art Gallery in 1986-7. The two figures here are the artist and his wife Diane, who was expecting their first child. In his work of this period Wiszniewski was examining the relationship between mankind and the natural world. The landscape contains symbols of sexuality and fruitfulness: the flying bird, the bubbling spring, the phallic pipes. Under the kneeling artist’s gaze the woman poses mysteriously and gracefully (inspired by the artist’s visit to see the ballet ‘Swan Lake’ in Liverpool), her foot on a coin and a cone, in her historic costume.