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EXHIBITION & EVENTS ARCHIVE
In contrast to the last show of Paula Rego etchings, Castlefield Gallery are now exhibiting the sculptures of London based artist Viv Levy. Viv has recently completed a year at Wimbledon School of Art where she was working as the Henry Moore Fellow, developing her own work, much of which is included in this exhibition.
New Art North West ’91 promises to be one of the most exciting regional exhibitions to date. The fact that it embraces such a diversity of art supports claims of a new dynamism in the region and a definite trend towards new artists moving into the North West.
Three Manchester Architects: Holford Associates, Simpson Associates & Stephenson Architecture.
Places and buildings create a city’s image and atmosphere. As makers of places and images, architects provide the means by which the city is perceived by it’s inhabitants, recalled by visitors and explored in the imagination. Architecture is the most powerful expression of a community’s self-image and aspirations.
Alex Ramsay’s paintings are unashamedly sensual and teeming with life. Their initial impact is one of richness, exuberance and a degree of chaos. Figures, fish, birds, boats, cats, children, mermaids and barking dogs are amongst the characters that fill the picture surface and jockey for position.
“ 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’.
In contrast to the small, dense paintings Hodgkin has been creating in recent years, the twelve hand-coloured prints that form this exhibition, surprise the viewer by their huge size and stunning simplicity.
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.