‘DOUBLEXX’ Fine Art Photography and Book Launch








Special Guest Book Launch




Private View 

Thursday 21 October 2021

PTMADDEN will be signing copies 

of the first edition of his artist’s book


Through his capturing of unique, ephemeral moments, 

PTMadden’s sensitive and haunting photographs reveal the 

unseen Chester with all its rich beauty and mysteriousness.

Dr. Emma Roberts

Reader in History of Art & Design
Liverpool John Moores University
I have discovered a beautiful supernatural mystique 

hidden in the city I thought I knew so well.

Anastasia Tilston

Director, Chester Art Centre

The photographs draw out an eerie uncanniness 

that changes our perceptions of this ancient city.

Dr. Juliet Carroll

Senior Lecturer in Art History

Liverpool John Moores University

Introduction by Professor Colin Fallows
Liverpool John Moores University

Chester Fog is an intimate photographic representation of PTMadden’s hometown, the walled cathedral city of Chester in Cheshire, England on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales. The photographs mix the visual and the poetic, blurring images and memory of the familiar and encompassing particular techniques and effects.

The photographs contained in Chester Fog were taken during two days of unusual weather – the mornings of Thursday 10 and Friday 11 January 2013. National Geographic describes fog as ‘a cloud that touches the ground’; fog reduces visibility, it makes things disappear and diffuses the horizon – and like snow, it alters the sound of the world and quietens it by preventing sound from carrying.

Physically, fog is a cold cloud trapped under a warm air mass and dissipates as drizzle – which explains why there are no people in any of the photographs, they were presumably all indoors keeping warm and dry. Some of the photographs feature birds lined up on rails and the bandstand roof, possibly perplexed by this rare weather condition. Other photographs reveal that the incoming tide from the Irish Sea appears to have flowed over the weir and brought the River Dee to a standstill. Aiming to alter time further, PT Madden post-processed the photographs using an improvised digitally fogged split-tone technique on the green-brown-gold spectrum with a slight vignette to emulate Henry Fox Talbot’s paper negative calotype process – which gives a softer effect than the metallic daguerreotype.

Unlike PTMadden’s other artist’s books of city photography – which are carefully planned and drawn out on maps before creating documentary photographs taken on the walk – this book records a dérive into an unusually mysterious, ethereal and otherworldly city landscape. Thus, by examining the photographic representation of space, proximity and distance in this particular weather condition, PTMadden recorded a personal event in a form that seems constantly in the process of becoming.

PTMadden’s photographic practice is concerned with skilfully representing selected events and places, and this exhibition and publication evolves as a diary of two special days defined by a particular set of weather conditions. The photographs create an emotional tension between the biographical moments of the days and a sense of theatricality. Collectively, this series of images expand into a timeless dreamworld inviting the viewer into Chester Fog.

Agent Anxiety by Gary Sheridan

The Agent Anxiety series is a constructed narrative based on a fictional concept and reality, “life is stranger than fiction” after all? On the surface it is a story of anxiety, self-doubt, and personal empowerment. The spectator doesn’t have to delve far beneath the surface to question issues of representation and societal roles. The images are provocative, cliched, ironic and kitsch, a confusion of images with both unambiguous and ambiguous meaning. Adding to the perplexity, the narrative is both dark and humorous, experience the twist and turns as the story unfolds. Who is the imposter? The intention of the concept and the interpretation are often poles apart, it is this conflict that this series also plays with, which is more important the concept or its interpretation? Is the imposter the reader or the writer? “I am not who you think I am; I am not who I think I am; I am who I think you think I am” Charles Horton Cooley.

Gary Sheridan has a 1st Class BA Hons Degree in Photography and has won a number of prestigious awards including an IPA Honorable Mention 2019, Finalist Worlds Top 10 Fashion Photographer 2018 (Oneeyeland) and a Gold Award London Photographic Award/Fashion. Gary has also been awarded the distinction of becoming an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. The quality of his online portfolio, along with the prestigious awards, distinctions, and qualifications gives prospective customers confidence in Gary’s ability to deliver exceptional images.

Sheridan Photography based in the beautiful countryside of North Wales but offers his service internationally. Gary divides his professional practice between his Photo/Art and commercial assignments often finding a crossover between the both, on many occasions assigned as both Art Director and Photographer.

Gary has exhibited throughout the UK including solo exhibitions.
It was whilst studying photography at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK that Gary found his passion for conceptual photography. His work draws on personal experience and his natural inquisitiveness in human behaviour.
He constructs (often building sets in his studio) a series of work from a concept, such as in his recent work – Unwrapped, or he will see images in everyday life that speaks volumes to him, such as the piece Arbitrate. Whichever method of construction he uses, he intends the images to be multi-layered and engage the viewer thoughtfully, not just aesthetically. His work is vibrant, beautiful and seductive with a vein of humour that runs through its body, just as life should be, yet life is often not a bed of roses and Gary’s work often reveals…

Mark Wigan

‘I am inspired by the landscape, history and the deep time of myths and legends of Snowdonia and have recently illustrated the enigmatic poem Cad Goddeu- The Battle of the Trees from the 14th Century Book of Taliesin. In which enchanter Gwydion brings the trees and plants of the ancient forest to life to battle Arawn Lord of the Otherworld of Annwn.  My book Kat Godeu is my personal interpretation of the symbolism of the poem, it contains 86 pages of illustrations and hand drawn text in Middle Welsh from studying the images of the manuscript in the National Library of Wales .The book incorporates drawings from my imagination with observational pen and ink drawings of the trees, plants, lakes, streams and mountains that surround me in Snowdonia. I am also in the process of illustrating Math fab Mathonwy The Fourth Branch of The Mabinogi which is set in Nantlle and other locations in Gwynedd and like Cad Goddeu features the legendary enchanter, warrior and trickster Gwydion fab Don.

I have just completed a window painting on Northgate Street outside the Forum for a pop up art gallery/shop and studios, I was commissioned by Place for Art. I am a Chester based artist and illustrator who exhibits at galleries internationally, I have been a professional visual artist for almost 40 years. The author of five books on the subject of Illustration published by Bloomsbury Publishing I have led degree programmes in Illustration and Graphic Design at art schools around the UK including Camberwell College of Arts in London and Salford University.

The window painting is a vibrant and uplifting freestyle artwork drawn in my signature style it is inspired by a sense of place here in the heart of the beautiful city of Chester and is the latest in a series of window paintings I have created over the last few years in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Vancouver, Seattle, Seoul and London’s Oxford St, for various clients including Dr Martens and Fairwhale.’



Oct 21 2021


19:00 - 21:00
Chester Art Centre


Chester Art Centre
132 Northgate St, Chester CH1 2HT
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