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EXHIBITION & EVENTS ARCHIVE
“ Paula Rego has always identified with the least, not the mighty, taken the child’s eye view, and counted herself among the commonplace and the disregarded, by the side of the beast, not the beauty….her sympathy with naiveté, her love of its double character, its weakness and its force, has led her to Nursery Rhymes as a new source for her imagery.”
– Marina Warner introduction to Paula Rego ‘ Nursery Rhymes’.
During September and October the Castlefield Gallery is mounting and exhibition of two Scottish artists: Craigie Aitchison, now in his 60’s and recognised as one of the country’s leading painters (though he does not fit into any particular genre), and Peter Seal, in his 20’s and fighting to survive as an artist.
Brian Chalkley’s new work seduces immediately. It celebrates the craftsmanship of painting and sculpture, combining the relative freedom of oil with the demands of using lead, cooper and the etching process.
In these post modernist times it is perhaps only with tongue in cheek that one can label one’s work with any other ‘-ism’, especially one which could be translated into mock seriousness. Yet John Gledhill’s use of the term ’comic rationalism’ really does have a serious point.