TRAVELS WITH JAQUELINE by Liz Taylor
We are thrilled to finally found out the full itinerary of Jaqueline’s recent travels! We have seen postcards from various exciting locations, but are still not quite sure what she has been up to!
The exhibition will open on the 3rd of November and will run for 3 weeks until the 23rd of November, with the Private View taking place on Thursday the 4th!
‘Created mainly during Lockdowns 2 and 3, Jacqueline is a figment of my imagination. A woman who loves to travel, loves good food, good wine and lives in Paris with her adorable pooch Mimi. In TRAVELS WITH JAQUELINE, we go on a worldwide, whirlwind tour, from Paris to London, Florence, Venice and Rome.
Then to the romantic Cinque Terre in Italy, the beautiful island of Santorini, Greece, with a stop off at The 4 Cats bar in Barcelona, taking in The Picasso exhibition. At a time when the whole world was locked down, we join Jacqueline shopping with Mimi in New York, absorbed in the wonders of the breath taking Taj Mahal in India, glorious Moscow and not to mention catching her on a London Bus on the way to Tower Bridge.
Yes, Jaqueline knows how to travel.
I have used a combination of my own experience travelling through Europe during my theatrical touring days together with my longing for travel during this extraordinary time. Do come and join me and Jacqueline together with Mimi for this feast of visual beauty, exciting travel and so much more.’
Liz Taylor trained as a professional actor and for well over 20 years loved touring the UK and Eastern Europe, driving a van full of actors, props, costumes, puppets and masks, performing accessible theatre in a diverse range of settings in the most beautiful of countries in Europe, and being paid for the privilege. Throughout this time, she worked within the avant-garde style of theatre, pushing the boundaries and creating extraordinary work. Designing and making masks, puppets and props as well as performing visual theatre. The style of theatre has definitely carried through to Liz’s visual art!
Join us on Thursday, the 4th of November, for some fabulous stories about Jaqueline’s adventures told by our fabulous artist Liz Taylor from 6 PM onwards!
Watercolour Demonstration by Julia Duerden to link with her exhibition ‘Imaginarium and Other Stories’
This exhibition of paintings is inspired by the beautiful British coastline, and captures the relationship between the land and the sea with its ever-changing colours, light and atmosphere.
Equally as evident in these works is the emotional response to the landscape.
“I aim to capture the essence of a scene through the abstraction of colour and light. The colours work in harmony to capture a moment in time.
Whilst the moment is transitory, the mood evokes elemental connections we have with places that feel eternal – this [ our relationship with coastal landscapes] is an aspect of Mike’s poetry that impresses me”.
A chance meeting between the artist Sue Walsh with the poet, Mike Penney, led to this exhibition, a collaboration between artist and poet.
The exhibition will run between 13 July and 3 August 2021
You can view some of Sue’s work here in our online gallery, but no new pieces have been revealed yet! 🙂
We are looking forward to seeing you at Chester Art Centre for the private view of this magical exhibition on the 15th of July from 6:30 PM!
We are very excited to be showing Brigitte Watkinson’s ‘Nomansland’ from 14th September to 5th October 2021. Why not join us for the Private View on Thursday, 16th September from 19:00 to 21:00!
Born and raised in Bavaria, Brigitte previously studied and taught languages before focussing on art. She maintains a particular interest in language, its semantics and social contexts. Drawing on day to day conversations, literal translations and often poking fun at political rhetoric and propaganda, she employs metaphors, materials and methods to ravel and unravel communication processes and to create new narratives. Mainly self-taught, she has been working as a full-time artist for a number of years, culminating in her recent MA in Fine Arts. As a result, her work has evolved to incorporate additional disciplines including sculpture, collage, installation, animation and photography.
We look forward to seeing you on 16th September for wine, an insight into a utopian future and fantastic artwork!
You can see more of Brigitte’s work on her web page: www.makeslugsbeautiful.co.uk
You call me woMAN,
but I am not MAN
You call me huMAN,
but I am not MAN
You talk of MANkind,
but I am not MAN?
I long for noMANsland,
where we are all dunkwonhami.
History is made and posthumanism pondered as the status quo for humanity shifts.
Based on scientific evidence that the first human was female, my speculations around feminist language result in fabulations of past, present and a utopian future. Through time and via a patriarchal Vitruvian Action Man©, I depict humans evolving from this original mother into dunkwonhami, who inhabit the protective landscape of the Cluechenthu.
Anagrams, metaphors, methods and materials twist and turn like a Rubik’s cube, offering and creating new narratives. Gender, language and process intra-act.
Words, images, objects and meanings are made and remade. The recycled, the homemade, the pilfered and the found are constructed and reconstructed; the story unfolds.
If you have missed the private view for the ‘Winds of Change’ by Gillian Robertson, this Saturday afternoon will be your second chance to meet the artist! 🙂
Pop in to have a look at some fabulous paintings and meet Gillian, who will be happy to talk you through her exhibition and the inspiration behind her work!
Looking forward to seeing you.
The ‘Winds of Change’ is an art exhibition by Gillian Robertson that is running between 3 August and 1 September at Chester Art Centre.
Following Gillian’s exhibition ‘Wonderful World’ in 2019, Winds of Change is inspired by the growing concern about the effects of climate change. Her paintings reflect on the power and vulnerability of nature in the light of human efforts to dominate and control the natural world.
The exhibition features local landscapes flooded or bathed in ominous light, birds and animals threatened with displacement, and woodlands and remains of the past that remind us of the transience of our lives and the greater power of the forces upon which we depend.
See also : www.gillianrobertson.co.uk
The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday between 10 Am and 5 PM.
‘Appropriate’ by Chris Stones – at Chester Art Centre
17th November to 2nd December 2020
Chris Stones, returned to higher education shortly after her 50th birthday, having decided to formalise her lifelong interest in art. This exhibition is a collection of some of the work Chris created in response to various modules, during the three-year degree course.
“I have always found collage an exciting and expeditious medium in which to work. One of my most vivid childhood memories is of my mother, making flour and water paste, so I could collage chocolate biscuit wrappers. Recognising that my strengths lie in the analogue, collage enables me to take a playful and diverse approach to making work. My work is eclectic, often conceptual, influenced by Surrealism, Dada and Pop Art, I combine collage with elements of appropriated paintings and readymade objects. As I mature past the age of 50, I am acutely aware of the value of recycling and the satisfaction of giving a ‘thing’ a second life, a reflection perhaps of my own reinvention as a student.”
Completing her studies during the unprecedented coronavirus lockdown, Chris graduated, without ceremony, First Class with Honours, Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art.
We hope that we can hold a socially distanced timed private view on Saturday, the 21st of November, between 2 PM and 7 PM. Please keep an eye on this page and RSVP if you would like to attend!
‘I work in contemporary mediums. My studio is a mess of circuit boards, plastic resins and paint. I spend my time meditating and splicing one material with another. I love the contrast I create between colours and textures, everything is in a constant juxtaposition. I am probably considered a painter by many, but I feel more like a sculptor who works on canvas. To me the challenge is to create something with ‘feeling’ that evokes strong feelings in others. I am not always successful and at times this journey is painful, especially when you make that connection. Often, I feel naked when this happens, because someone is looking at me without my armour of bullshit. After the initial shock dies down and I no longer feel as vulnerable, I realise I have achieved something, that I am not pretending, there is a genuine connection.
Meditation and being a flawed human being is the key to my creative ‘process’. I tend to start with the structure of the painting or the concept. This is very much a conscious act, a little bit like visualising a sandcastle. As I work further into the piece, the original idea is ‘washed away’ each time, the mental image compromised. Each subsequent layer of paint, plastic or texture becomes a response to the modified vision. This is where the structure gives way to the feeling and the conscious begins to merge with the unconscious. This can become difficult to reconcile at times, there is risk involved. Sometimes paintings become over-worked when they should be abandoned. Sometimes detail is lost, sometimes I get lost.
I think contextually my work exists somewhere between abstract expressionism and the conceptual art foragers, for whom, Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Readymade’ is the life blood. The reoccurring theme would be creation born of frustration, be it with others or with oneself. I long for a certain amount of creative freedom. I am attempting to avoid the potholes of over thinking. Concentrate on breathing, clear the mind, and follow intuition, well for as long as possible in a heavy duty filter mask.
I take my tools of expression, and all the techniques I have developed and in rare cases mastered, then I leave the safety of roads firmly travelled. My journey will take me into the unknown, the black void of nothingness. When I return I have unlocked a piece of the puzzle but paid for it with a piece of myself. This is the price all creative minds pay until ultimately there is no exchange left’.
‘Surreal Reality’ art exhibition by Greg Forster
We are excited to announce Greg’s exhibition which will take place at Chester Art Centre for two weeks starting on the 26th of April and will run until the 10th of May 2022. The preview evening will take place on Thursday 28th April.
Influenced by the surrealists of the 1920/30’s and cartoonists of the 1980’s, Greg creates bizarre and imaginative colourful worlds with weird and outlandish subjects. Greg’s artwork can be provocative and at times disturbing, with a vein of fun bewilderment that runs through the entire exhibition. Sometimes political, often personal and intimate, with humour and sarcasm being central to his work.
Greg’s imagery asks questions and evokes mystery with detailed complexity of his paintings that encourages an exploration of one’s own psyche. In many compositions, subjects are undergoing a transformation, depicted as they change from one state or identity to another, displaying subjects with anything from angels with heart-shaped limbs to strange fuse-headed monsters.
Using knowledge and skills acquired in his profession in graphic design to shape his artistic vision Greg has put together a collection of images that portray varying perspectives that include love and loss, hopes and fears, lust and power, and the meaning of life. His work draws on his own personal experience personifying bizarre subjects in complex circumstance.
Greg Forster graduated from Swansea Metropolian University in 1992, since then he has worked professionally as a London based freelance illustrator, and latterly in graphic design. Now based in his native North Wales, he uses the knowledge and skills acquired in those professions to shape his artistic vision.
Greg has a keen interest in philosophy and sociology, and has always been fascinated by characteristics, key life events, and situations which compose the essence of human existence, such as growth, emotionality, aspiration, conflict, and mortality. These themes are often recurrent in his artwork and come from varying perspectives that include love and loss, hopes and fears, lust and power, and the meaning of life.
Working in a mix of contemporary mediums, such as acrylic paint, ink, spray paint, marker pen and pencil on paper, board and canvas, Greg has blended his skills in graphics and illustration with his love of bright colour and surrealism to bring about artwork that depicts life’s pleasures and predicaments in a surreal world. His use of bold colour in this surreal environment allows Greg to challenge the boundaries and explore his own obsessions.
The private view will be taking place on the 28th of April 2022 between 6pm and 9pm and we look forward to seeing you for some bright surrealism and wine!
It has been a long time coming and now finally arrived! 🙂
‘SALO’ exhibition by OSMpaul and Mark Funge starting on the 10th of September will run until the 24th of September. Join us for an all-day event on Friday the 11th for some waves, sunshine and surfing :). 3 PM till 8 PM – do not miss!
OSMpaul is a digital surf artist/illustrator based in Chester UK. Influenced massively by the surf and skate culture from the late 90s and early 00s, he likes to recreate the vibe of reading surf mags and watching movies as a kid as well as some of the culture from the modern day. Mental health has also been a subconscious element to his work, and the recent bodies of work show how we can feel so small in this HUGE world we live in, but our passions and hobbies can bring back the stoke. His use of calm colours and negative space will leave you feeling like your sat drinking a beer at the beach with the sound of the waves crashing in front of you.
Mark Funge we all know and he is very busy – still awaiting the blurb! Lol.
Looking forward to seeing you on Friday the 11th!