Janet’s practice explores the diversity of creativity in all media:
‘Pain ceramics and text what is it to be you, what is it to be me. I break down barriers between us and ‘The Other’.
Janet Webb is a professional UK based recognised artist, who has been creating, exhibiting and selling her incredible work for many years across the country. Textiles, screen printing, painting, film making, sculpture, life drawing and teaching art are only some of Janet’s talents.
Janet has spent her life in art, painting, teaching and exhibiting and now is also reaching out to a greater audience through the internet. She owned her own gallery in Chester, designed and painted for the UK’s largest pub chains including Greenall Whitleys, Grand Met. catering, Ind Coop, Thistle Hotels and Imperial Inns and Taverns. Janet produced a number of documentaries and sat on the Board of the Friends of the Liverpool Tate.
During her DIVERSITY exhibition at Chester Art Centre, Janet will be exhibiting a range of paintings, sculptures and curios mixed media pieces.
The exhibition will run between 18 April and 7 May 2019 with the private view taking place on 18 April between 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM.
Luciana Hermida is a visual artist and graphic designer from Buenos Aires (Argentina), based in Chester UK.
Luciana brings a unique approach to mixed media art. Through her series ’Space Dive’ she looks to challenge the way we perceive reality. In this series there is also a prominent protagonism given to the creatures of the deep sea, a very deep passion of hers. These creatures are put in unusual environments alongside unusual elements in order to create imaginary worlds and challenge the mind. The creatures swim into space and vice-versa. There is no set narrative. The space, the sea and land are merged in order to allow the creatures move around freely.
‘Space Dive’ invites the observer to let go of natural ways of perceiving the world and dive into space with the imagination.
Seduction, metamorphosis, transformation, after life, time travelling are some of the topics that appear in Luciana’s artworks present in the series ‘Space Dive’.
Her art is visually stimulating as well as an imagination stimulant. Bright bold colours are embraced, giving each piece a very contemporary and fresh feel.
We look forward to seeing you for Luciana’s Space Dive private view on 23 May, 2019, between 6:30 and 8:30!
The exhibition will run until 6 June 2019.
PTMADDEN is a London artist who creates calligraphy, paintings, screen prints, fine art photographs, artist’s books, literature and sound recordings.
His photographic piece SEXPISTOLS APRIL 1976 was shown in 2014 at London’s premier East End Wilkinson Gallery (who represent that work at art trade fairs internationally). The piece was shown in the 2018 SEX BEATLES 1976-1978 exhibition at the research laboratory in Liverpool’s John Lennon Art and Design building and is currently on show at the Hornby Library in Liverpool’s Central Library as part of the British Library’s highly acclaimed touring exhibition PUNK.
His first solo painting show was at Liverpool’s View2 Gallery in 2014. During the summer of 2018 all of his work was displayed at CAC pop-up Gallery 118. During the run Sex Pistols’ guitarist Steve Jones bought a fine art photograph from SEX PISTOLS 1976 and four screenprints entitled TheImpossible#1. The gallery was visited by Elvis Costello who bought a portrait of the guitarist Peter Green.
Paintings from a future exhibition READY STEADY GAUGIN! will be displayed alongside RESURRECTION. These include works after Gaugin, Klimt, Rosetti with contemporary portraits of T800, Clint Eastwood, Che Guevara and Wolverine.
Screenprints and fine art photographs (from the artist’s series Chester Fog and Paris Immortel) are available from Chester Art Centre.
The show runs from April 18th to Monday May 6th (May Bank Holiday) inclusive.
During the show the gallery will be open seven days a week from 12 noon to 6pm.
Same as last year I’m celebrating my Birthday with an exhibition… A bit short notice but I’ve been MAD busy with Chester Art Festival! It’s been a massive success and now I can concentrate on my own art and not Pablo Picasso:)
The Illusory Temptations of the Subconscious Self-Doubts is an exhibition of my abstract art photography and has NOT been planned. Improvisation in its purest form it will give you a bit of insight into the world of illusions, reflections, shadows and rays of sunlight.
Looking forward to seeing everybody at Chester Art Centre this Saturday, 13 October for a few Birthday drinks and some of my abtracts. Hope you like them!
P.S. The name of the exhibition has no deeper meaning or grandiose message behind it. It’s just me trying to seem clever:)
Working in collaboration with Laura from Adanac Art, Chester Art Centre is privileged to exhibit and reveal a selection of Original Oil and Acrylics from Geoff’s very own Private collection.
Geoff was one of the most collectable artists in the UK, with his paintings now almost impossible to come by, until now!
He captured vibrancy, movement and light beautifully by painting the swift, collective movement of horses and their rider’s crouched pose.
Geoff also produced bold and brightly coloured abstracts, using the classic impressionistic impasto technique of thickly textured paint, that is almost three-dimensional in appearance. These extremely rare and sought after Originals were created on canvas using both oil and acrylic.
History of Geoff Price
It was in the 1960s and 70s that Geoff enjoyed a career as a jockey, where he used to exercise horses at the stables of the late Donald ‘Ginger’ McCain.
Geoff then trained at the Mid-Cheshire College and went on to study at as a mature student and graduated in Fine Art from Liverpool Polytechnic in 1977. He once said of his artwork, “As a result of my association with horse racing I try to capture its pageantry – jockey’s colours, crowds, but more importantly it’s the movement, the physical power of jockey and horse; that I want to convey through my work.”
Speaking about his art work, Labour Cllr Martyn Delaney said; “He had this way of capturing movement in his paintings, bringing them alive. There was so much energy in his paintings.”
Geoff exhibited in galleries across the UK; his work is still featured in the collection at University of Liverpool, as well as private collections in the UK, Ireland, USA and Colombia.
Racehorse trainer Ed Dunlop, TV racing presenter and journalist Brough Scott and TV horse racing pundit John McCririck were among the many admirers and collectors of his work.
The private event will take place on Thursday, July 26 between 6 PM and 9 PM. Join us for some fantastic art, a glass of fizz (or two) and fascinating stories about Geoff and his work. Laura and friends from the Garden Quarter, will be there to share stories and raise a toast to Geoff.
We look forward to seeing you!
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
You are invited to the private view of an art exhibition by Sue Walsh! An exhibition of astonishing paintings by Sue this summer is an event we are really looking forward to.
Floating and fresh, Sue’s paintings will bring a bit of breeze to Chester Art Centre this summer.
A beautiful combination of the Coastal theme, People theme and Net Loft Interior will showcase some of Sue’s finest pieces. Water, air, sand and rocks mixed with Figurative and slightly surreal paintings celebrating the miracle of existence… The Net Loft under St Ives School of Art, where fishermen and artists used to coexist… The taking of the images to pure abstraction. One of Sue’s paintings from the series was even shortlisted for the 2018 John Moore’s Painting Prize!
A MUST SEE!
The exhibition will then run until 14 August.
‘Different Horizons’ is an exhibition of fine art by North Wales 5, who are a group of talented artists all living in North Wales whose work is in some way influenced by the land and the sky. They are mid career and upcoming artists who normally exhibit in solo exhibitions and are showing at Chester Art Centre for the first time. The exhibition ‘Different Horizons’ is an exciting and inspiring exhibition which shows work ranging from; the mountainous and colourful images of Malcolm JONES, the paintings of glorious skies of Angie HOOPERT, the atmospheric abstract landscapes of Catherine TAYLOR PARRY, the bold and emotional images of Susan WILLIAMS and the interesting and experimental paintings by Helen TAYLOR.
The group has been brought together for this exhibition by Catherine. Their initial successful group show was at Theatr Clwyd in April 2017, followed by a show at Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham June/July 2017.
The exhibition will run between 26 May and 5 June with the launch event taking place on 26 May at 6 PM. We look forward to seeing you!
In Summer 2017 Chester Art Centre organised an Open Exhibition and exhibited over 150 framed Giclee prints across the beautiful city of Chester whilst encouraging the public to purchase the prints and vote for the artists whose work they liked the most… We had 4 categories under which we listed the submissions and Sarah Adams won the 1st prize in Watercolours! She is now going to exhibit her beautiful paintings as well as a range of limited edition Giclee prints in our gallery and we can’t wait to see them on the walls!
Born and raised in the North West, Sarah Adams is a self-taught local artist whose primary interest is in experimenting with acrylic brush work with free-flowing water colour to create art that captures different aspects of human anatomy, from the natural beauty and expressiveness of the human form to the complexity and emotion of the human eye.
The exhibition will run from February 7 until February 21 with the private view taking place on Wednesday, the 7th of February at 7 PM.
We look forward to seeing you then!
You are cordially invited to attend a Private Viewing event for the art show: ‘Fracturing Reality’ featuring a selection of works by artist Mark Edmonds. The event will take place on the 9th of December from 7pm o
The show will feature a range of artworks designed to challenge the nature of the viewer’s awareness and personal relationship with their reality. There will be a mixture of styles but with this common theme tying each work together.
The Dress code is Smart Casual and there will be refreshments provided including wine and canopies.
Please feel free to bring guests along with you if you wish to do so. (could you please notify us in advance if you wish to bring more than 2 guests with you as there are a limited number of places).
Mark Edmonds is an established artist who channels his life’s experience and knowledge into creating work that highlights the issues he is passionate about. So far he has participated in numerous shows all over the UK and abroad.
The themes of Mark’s paintings are often premeditated and decided prior to the application of paint. Imagery will be conjured at the base layer in the form of various shapes and textures. Paint is subsequently applied in an expressive manner, using meditative techniques, some documented by those who practice ‘automatic drawing’. A combination of paint and varnish is then used to reveal the hidden esoteric patterns within.
“My portfolio tends to consist of mixed media paintings incorporating a heavy material element; by this, I mean textual elements, found objects and sometimes photography embedded into the surface. I use a variety of painting techniques depending on the context and theme of the painting. I incorporate elements from differing historical art movements, the idea behind this is to embrace absolute freedom in painting and not limiting oneself to a particular genre or medium.”
“The themes in my work relate to mass production, in that, I often use manufactured canvases and industrial paints. I am currently working on a project where I ‘reclaim’ mass produced commercial prints’ turning them into individual works of art by painting over them but keeping the ‘original’ design. To me this is a reply to the ‘throw-away’ nature of modern western society, by ‘reclaiming’ a mass produced article and presenting it as an object of value. I’m trying to question the acceptance of artworks within differing strata’s of society. Who values what and why?”
In August 1967 the acclaimed British author, Alan Garner OBE, published the classic children’s book The Owl Service. This supernatural thriller tells the story of Alison, Roger and Gwyn and their unwilling involvement in the recurring curse of Blodeuwedd, Lleu and Gronw.
It is a tale of love, supernatural possession, murder and eventual redemption, all played out in a remote valley in rural North Wales. The story revolves around the ancient tale of Blodeuwedd, from the Welsh chronicles of mythology The Mabinogion. In The Owl Service, this tragic story is replayed generation after generation, reliving the cursed love triangle that ensnared Blodeuwedd, Lleu and Gronw.
Photographer, David Heke, has been collaborating with Alan and Griselda Garner on a number of projects. Following a conversation around the kitchen table in their 15th-century farmhouse, about the forthcoming fiftieth anniversary of The Owl Service, the germ of the idea for this project was born.
Bringing together a multi-disciplinary group of artists from either side of the Welsh/English border, this collaboration explores and celebrates this ground-breaking story and it’s origins in Welsh myth.
The multimedia project includes photography, video, painting, sculpture, music/soundscape, poetry and a fine art upholstery installation. To complement the exhibition, there will be a collaboration with a choreographer to produce dance-based work for video and performance plus contributions from writers working in the fields of folklore and archaeology.
The participating artists are Liz Ellis (sculpture), Jenny Ryrie (painting), David Heke (photography and video), Chris Tally Evans (music/soundscape), Bettina Langlois (fine art upholstery), Anna Wigley (poetry and prose) and Jacqueline McCormick (dance).
All the artists have been selected due to their interest in the story of Blodeuwedd from the Mabinogion and The Owl Service by Alan Garner.
Professor Sioned Davies, Head of the School of Welsh at Cardiff University and writer of the most recent translation of The Mabinogion, has agreed to provide a series of readings from the medieval Welsh text ‘Math fab Mathonwy’ and talks on the Fourth Branch of The Mabinogion.
The exhibition will tour venues across the UK from April 2017 to September 2018 and be site-specific for each gallery location. Workshops by some of the contributing artists can be arranged on request to accompany the exhibition.
David Heke – photography and video
David is a Chester-based photographer, artist, printmaker and videographer. He has over twenty years experience of working in television and the performing arts, with disability and community groups, for advertising and marketing companies, for museum trusts, and local authority heritage and arts services.
David had a background in science before retraining in photography and darkroom techniques. He is interested in using art to interpret science in a creative way, making it more accessible to a wider audience. As an artist, he produces original limited-edition prints for sale and exhibition. He also creates videos for installations, exhibitions and commissions. Many of his images are derived from personal interests, such as archaeology, landscape, architecture, natural science, folklore and mythology. He uses traditional, digital and alternative photographic processes to achieve the final results.
David has worked with musicians, writers and choreographers, producing photography and video installations for use in performance. He has run, and participated in, a number of community-based arts programmes, including the Lache Arts Project, Cheshire Year of Gardens and Number 63, a pop-up gallery, studio and workshop, based in an empty retail space in Chester. He has worked on a range of site-specific projects, including photographer-in-residence for the Chester Amphitheatre Beacon Project.
David is a founder member of Cheshire Artists Network and arts collective CHART and has exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally. In 2005 he was commissioned by the European funded Cultmark UK to produce an exhibition, book and workshop, profiling the historic canal system between Chester and Ellesmere Port. The resulting exhibition toured several venues in north-west England.
He recently contributed photographic artwork and a video collaboration (with musician i Luker Koenig) to the The Wing Assignment exhibition at Red Bull Studios, London and The Wing Asylum at Caroline Gardens Chapel, London.
Liz Ellis – sculpture
Born in Cheshire, Liz was educated in the arts and sciences and has practised professionally in both disciplines. She now works full time in her studio in Chester, working mainly on ceramic sculpture.
Finding connections in the external and internal geography of my own landscapes and drawing from the creative legacy of pre history, my work is sometimes figurative, sometimes abstract, but always being given up to the intense heat of the kiln for its final transformation.
Liz exhibits nationally and internationally in fine art galleries (including Medici, London and Roger Billcliffe, Glasgow) and public galleries (including The Brindley, Runcorn with ‘Slow Turning’). Her work is held in private collections in the UK, USA, Australia and Europe.
Liz is an experienced collaborator and workshop facilitator and has lectured to degree level (Oxford Brookes University). She has run clay life modelling workshops for West Cheshire College and has designed and run community workshops funded by the Arts Council.
Jenny Ryrie – painting
Jenny Ryrie R.B.S.A has specialised in watercolour and acrylics since graduating with an M.A. in Fine Art from Edinburgh in 1980. She uses expressionistic colour and a variety of techniques to push the boundaries of the watercolour medium, exploiting its fluidity and translucency.
After Edinburgh Jenny lived on the edge of the Brecon National Park which inspired her love of waterfalls, a recurring theme throughout her career. She had exhibitions in London and Edinburgh in the 1990’s and a two-person show at Oriel Gallery, Theatr Clwyd. From 1994 onwards she exhibited at Canyon Road Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, U.S.A. with an annual solo show, her paintings exploring the American wilderness, effects of light and weather, and Native American iconography.
From 2004 Jenny exhibited with the Castle Street Gallery in Hay-on-Wye as main artist-in-residence during the Hay Literature Festival. As well as landscape forms she explored themes of music, dance and poetry. In 2005 she had a solo show of ‘musical abstracts’ at the Mermaid Theatre, London in conjunction with the BBC Jazz Awards and C2 Gallery.
Jenny has exhibited in Switzerland (‘Songs of the Elements’ at Galerie Englische Kirche, Meiringen, 2009) and in group exhibitions in France, Italy, Germany, and Russia (Ekaterinburg Museum Of Fine Art).
Her work appears in several publications including ‘Twelve Women Artists From The NorthWest’ and ‘Miller’s Picture Price Guide 2005’. She won the Kate Fryer prize at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 2010 and was elected a member of the R.B.S.A. in 2011.
I work in an expressionistic, intuitive way, often exploring the energy of the landscape and its underlying spirituality. My paintings vary in their degree of abstraction and explore both the physical and metaphysical. Many are inspired by music and sound.
Chris Tally Evans – music and soundscape
Chris Tally Evans is a performance/media artist, writer and equalities activist. His work has been featured internationally and on UK and international media. As well as broadcasting on BBC 2W, BBC Wales, ITV, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 4, and BBC Radio 3, Chris’s work has been shown in the UK, USA, Canada, New
Zealand, Qatar, Poland and Finland. He has received a Major Creative Wales Award and a major commission for the London 2012 Festival.
Bettina Langlois – fine art furniture/upholstery
Bettina trained as a theatrical costumier and, latterly, as an upholsterer. Both disciplines wrap materials around a three-dimensional foundation, be it a body or a chair, to create illusion, surprise, dissonance, character. She is interested in the places where art and upholstery meet.
In 2013 she won a prize for her work awarded by Heico and the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers. The chair was exhibited at the Interiors UK exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham. In the same year, she was awarded a prize for advanced upholstery skills by the Worshipful Company of Upholders and accepted their invitation to become a Yeoman.
Bettina came to Alan Garner’s The Owl Service at Girl Guide camp in Wales, read to each other at night by torchlight. This fostered a life-long friendship with the book’s owner, for which she owes Alan Garner a debt of gratitude!
Anna Wigley – poetry and prose
Anna Wigley is a Welsh poet living in Cardiff. She has had four collections of poetry published by Gomer Press, the most recent being Ghosts (March 2016). Her work is largely concerned with the natural world (birds, beasts and flowers) and she is most honoured to be asked to contribute to this celebration of Alan Garner, an author she has long admired.
Jacqueline McCormick USA/UK – Dance Artist
Jacqueline has been teaching, performing and making dances for over thirty years, directing and perform- ing in her company DanceAbout works that take a dancing journey through the outback of the self. She is fascinated by creating movement from sensation, especially in natural environments, as captured in her dance films; Settle, Spiral and most recently The Walk, shot in Joshua Tree, California USA.
Jacqueline’s work is greatly influenced by her research into improvisation, especially Contact Improvisation. Since 1990 she has taught Contact Improvisation at numerous Contact Festivals and workshops throughout the USA and Europe, most recently at Italy Contact Festival 2016, Los Angeles USA, and Bristol UK.
As Artistic Director for Cheshire Dance 2004-2016 Jacqueline created small to large-scale site-based works involving professional artists and communities. The Moment When… 2012 involved over 900 performers, across 3 sites, as part of the NW Cultural Olympiad celebrations. Jacqueline has an M.A degree in Dance from Mills College, California, and was Associate Professor in Dance at Connecticut College, USA 2000- 2004, and Western Oregon University 1985-1996.