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EXHIBITION & EVENTS ARCHIVE
The Castlefield Gallery is mounting the first one-man exhibition of FRANK BOWLING’s work to be held in the North West. Although he has lived, worked and exhibited widely in America where his work is well known (especially in New York where he was awarded the American Guggenheim Fellowship twice), Bowling has not attained the same level of recognition in this country.
Castlefield Gallery rather sticks its neck out in the claims it makes for artists who are given exhibitions – that when selecting shows what it seeks is work of the highest quality. The large, brightly coloured abstract paintings and drawings in this exhibition are no exception.
Eileen Cooper’s large oil paintings and charcoal drawings deal incessantly with personal relationships. She says that her ideas tend to cone out in an unpredictable way through the activity of painting, but there is a fascination with the bond between mother and child through out her work.
Vanessa Jackson often sounds more like a sculptor than a painter when talking about her own work. She refers to ‘whittling away’, ‘carving out’, and ‘polishing into existence’, when describing how the dynamic shapes evolve. She enjoys doing woodblock prints for the reason that in these, the compositions really can be carved out.
The New Year starts at the Castlefield Gallery with an exhibition of recent work by Fabian Peake, entitled “New York Thoughts”, which runs from the 10th January – 16th February 1986.
These brightly and imaginatively coloured paintings and gouaches were inspired by the artist’s recent visit to the States.
The most striking feature of Jeff Lowe’s work is his interest in African carvings, which he esteems as some of the most remarkable sculptures ever produced. He is strongly influenced by it’s formal language: the subtle shifting angles, the inclination of figure pieces, the precise definition of levels and the contrast between the lavish decoration and solidity of such art works.
This exhibition at the Castlefield Gallery brings together work by two sculptors with close associations with each other, and with the city of Manchester.