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EXHIBITION & EVENTS ARCHIVE
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.
Andrzej Jackowski makes paintings of great beauty that have also profound depth. Recurring images appear: the hut on wheels, the upturned boat, the boat that contains a landscape within it, giant heads on their side, the ‘Brides’ series, with their emphasis on the female spirituality.
Clyde Hopkins has exhibited in many major one person and group shows since his emergence as one of Britain’s most interesting abstract painters in the late 1970’s.
During the 60’s and 70’s Herbert was involved with the avant garde but became uneasy about being, as he perceived it deliberately obscure. To escape from the confines of ‘art’ or impersonal self- expression he chose as subject matter universally recognised Biblical stories.
In 1987 the South Bank Board commissioned the painter Dennis Creffield to draw all 26 medieval cathedrals of England. From February until November 1987 Creffield travelled more than 10,000 miles in a motor caravan, drawing in all weathers, and rising early to avoid the tourists.