‘Light & Sound’ will be featuring pieces ranging from those taken at Clonter Opera Theatre ( https://www.clonter.org/ ), such as some of the UK and Europe’s finest emerging opera stars, or of London’s internationally celebrated Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club’s House Band & Friends; to those at Jazz & Blues Festivals; or intimate settings with musicians and friends gathering to share songs, stories, and poems at folk sessions and sing-a-rounds; or those which capture audience members and their very personal dialogue with music and life – the ‘Light & Sound’ exhibition showcases the diversity & richness of Jack’s musical portraiture, in which there is such movement throughout, and at the same time, a beautiful sense of stillness, love, tenderness, light, joy, and above all, humanity within.
Jack Thompson is an emerging, largely self-taught photographer and painter, based in Cheshire.
As a portraitist first and foremost, exploring the space in which interaction, dialogue and exchange takes place; the relation and interplay between, is primarily the inspiration and intentionality behind his work.
Not being able to afford expensive equipment, tools and materials, his practice; the way he makes art has necessarily required simplicity in approach. He responds to, captures and represents something of the essence of an experience; what is seen and felt, with honesty and sincerity.
Late 2016 saw Jack being offered what, for him, was a ‘chance of a lifetime’ opportunity by Clonter Opera Theatre, to take up a Photographer-In-Residence appointment. This has been a wonderfully suited and fitting role in which to further explore the human condition, to hone his skills, and develop his practice situated in the context of music performance and theatre.
In this role he has photographed, or is due to photograph, amongst others, internationally celebrated musicians such as London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club’s House Band & Friends; Colum Sands featuring special guests Brennan and Buchanan; and some of the UK and Europe’s finest emerging opera stars at the outset of their professional careers. He has also had the honour and privilege to photograph far more intimate music events at Clonter Opera Theatre. For example, those at which residents of local care homes, those living with severe health conditions, and carers were invited to enjoy afternoon tea with live music by Flossie Malavialle and Friends.
With Jack’s strong humanitarian, respectful and holistic approach, and passion for nurturing and enabling independence and growth in others, he is thoroughly embracing and enjoying this opportunity at Clonter Opera Theatre, who, both as an organisation and charity, also passionately believes in the development and education of young people, and in enabling them to realise their potential.
The exhibition will run from October 24 until November 14 with the preview night taking place on Thursday the 26th of October at 6.30 PM!
Join us for some amazing photography, meet Jack and many of those amazing people, whose stories Jack tells us with his pictures.
All proceeds from the sales will be donated to the following charities / non-profit charitable organisations:
Clonter Farm Music Trust ( https://www.clonter.org/about-clonter/clonter-opera/ )
Cheshire Arts For Health ( http://cheshireartsforhealth.org.uk/ )
Marie Curie Cance Care ( https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/ )
Pretty much everyone who has ever visited Chester Art Centre will have met me – I am usually the one hosting art exhibitions, organizing stuff, running around and figuring things out. Most of you will have asked me at some point if I did any art myself and I will have answered, “I do a bit of art photography, but I don’t have much time to do my own art because I’m always so busy”.
Well, actually, I have been doing quite a lot of art photography in the past couple of years as it turned out! In between the exhibitions, my 2 businesses and everyday life I have managed to snap away somehow. I have been doing some group shows now and again but not solos. And now this is finally happening! I have decided to celebrate my Birthday in style, with my art exhibition preview, to which you are of course invited! It’s hard to believe that the gallery will be filled with my own pictures next month as I honestly couldn’t imagine that I’d have time to plan everything and to do it properly. As a matter of fact, I don’t… :). But I’m doing my best with the time given…
‘Labyrinth’ is an exhibition showcasing some of my favourite pictures. I tend to dislike a lot of my photography and always think that I could have done better. I will let you know if I ever do – but for now, you are welcome to come and see my crazy world captured through a lens of a camera and printed on the finest quality Giclee printer (which we’ve got right here!) as I see it every day. I hope you will like it or at least find it interesting! My exhibition will run from the 10th until the 19th of October.
A special THANK YOU goes to Bryn Sutcliffe and Mark Edmonds, who have been encouraging me to keep doing art (sometimes even forcing me slightly – Bryn! Naughty!). You most probably have met them too – Bryn is our artist in residence and master framer and Mark exhibits his beautiful art with us, sometimes helps around the gallery and paints our walls from time to time! They have been incredibly supportive and enthusiastic about my pictures and without them two, I probably wouldn’t have had taken that many photos and definitely wouldn’t have been exhibiting now. Love you guys! The rest of Chester Art Centre crew have been fantastic too – cheers everyone for your support and for believing in me! 🙂
So, yes, it is happening. Save the date and join us all at Chester Art Centre for a few Birthday drinks, Italian nibbles and some arty photos on the 14th of October between 5 PM and 9.30 PM! I really look forward to seeing you there.
Artist David L Scholes left school at 16 and became a Carpenter. In 2012, some twenty seven years after leaving school, his wife bought him some paint and canvas from a local art shop and from then on David began to paint. He has sold prints of his work globally and exhibited in the UK and Europe, which has merited interviews and praise alike with international art publications.
David is going to exhibit his Abstract and the Heart collection in Chester for 1 week only – do not miss the preview on the 25th of August!
Come along and bring your friends to meet David and see his incredible art! A nice glass of wine and great arty company guaranteed!
“During our lives we will experience a moment or situation when emotion takes over, showing our vulnerability or strength. These paintings portray joy, grief, fortitude, anxiety, fear and love on a level where the protagonist visibly reminds us that:- sometimes we wear our hearts on our sleeves”— David L Scholes
“He reaches the audience with his messages without using imposing or dramatic artworks, which is common for today’s society, instead he relies purely on the reactions of others to objectify his artwork”— Charlotte Tiebosch
A path is a good starting point both physically and mentally for anyone.
As a collaboration of artists; Natalie, John and Keith, working in different media we feel that this is also a good starting point for our first joint project.
The subject also allows us to go off on other tangents to explore how we can each portray our own responses.
We feel that this collaboration of emotion, expression and observation is more than the sum of it’s parts and that Fine Art and Photography have influenced and involved us together throughout the project.
Natalie McGahan – Fine Art
I am a lover of Art and the Arts. Painting and generally creating are very important to me and when I’m not creating for long periods of time it gets to me.
My work, whether it be my own work or commissions, is all emotion based. I like to feel what my senses are feeling and put it into my work.
I am a single mother of one – my daughter being my greatest creation to date.
My work is mostly murals and portraits and human interest is always important to me.
I don’t like to talk too much about my work. I like people to make of it what they wish.
John Petch – Fine Art
I began painting in the mid-1960s. Moving from Op Art to Geometrical Abstraction. Trained to teach art in Liverpool working in a number of Merseyside schools until retiring, my work is characterised by boldness of colour and shape, painting in acrylic mainly on canvas. I paint what interests me.
My previous work investigates the relationship between line and space in the urban landscape with a series of hard edge paintings in a minimalist abstracted purist form having recognisable architectural elements. It is the exploration of how light reflects and interacts from the viewer’s perspective.
I was recently commissioned by the band ‘Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’ to produce paintings to be used on the sleeve of their forthcoming studio album ‘Punishment of Luxury’ to be released 1st September 2017 and single releases from the album.
At present I have four paintings being exhibited in the Liverpool Art Fair, on display until 10th September at the Pier Head Village, Liverpool.
To view my portfolio, find out more or contact visit www.johnpetch.com
Keith Wilkinson – Photography
I have always loved photography and use it to express my interpretation of the world around me.
It is fascinating to me that a photograph has content informed by a point of view, but is, in itself, a slice of time, and a managed slice of time at that.
From the aspect of the photograph there is no before, no after, and nothing outside the boundaries of the frame.
My ‘point of view’ in this project was to record within this frame, peoples’ relationship with paths, from their physical presence to the evidence of their prior passage coupled with a feeling of the geometry of the built environment.
The exhibition will run for 3 weeks in total until the 24th of August, do not miss!
DO NOT MISS!
8 astonishing artists from the Spode Works studios based in Stoke-on-Trent are now exhibiting in Chester.
Extremely professional and diverse, quirky and stylish – there will be very different art on display at Chester Art Centre. 8 individual styles and various mediums.
You have to see it.
Join us for some wine and gorgeous Italian nibbles, meet the artists and enjoy the art!
Looking forward to seeing you at 6 PM on Friday, 26th of May.
“I spent the last 50 years in Australia and have been painting for about 30 years. On my return to the UK, I found myself in a very isolated and dark place due to having no family or friends over here. I had to leave my family and children back in Australia. To cope with the pain and to escape the reality of losing my family I turned to drugs. However, I have recently decided to – and have – turned my life around following a near death experience. I have used my art to assist me in this recovery process. My art work also expresses my depth of hurt and anguish and also the hope and spiritual well-being I have experienced as part of my recovery. I have also decided to draw on my experiences to show and help others to turn their life around through the medium of art. I am no longer dependent on drugs and have already had some of my artwork displayed in a local rehabilitation centre where I also provide a mentoring role.
I hope that through demonstrating how drug paraphernalia, which nearly destroyed my life, can be used to create amazing artwork, my show can inspire and help other people to become drug free.”
Join us on April 7th at 6 PM for a glass of wine and some incredible mandala art!
We are incredibly proud to be a part of Lord David Lo Russo’s 2017 world tour which begins in the UK!
EXHIBITION EXTENDED due to popular demand!
Born in Italy, David Lo Russo grew up in Belgium eventually settling in the Jura in 2007. Son of an Italian Royal, David discovered his passion for drawing at a tender age mastering a pastel technique using only his hands. Throughout his creative career, David has had an unwavering devotion to his art. Inspired by his travels across borders, David’s art continues to evolve mirroring his free spirit. In 2015, David unveiled his first collection: “The kingdom of the Jura”, after a successful reception the artist unveiled a second edition, “Circus is an art” in exhibitions across Europe. David is the owner of a hotel/restaurant in France and a pasta restaurant in Switzerland, where all the interior decoration was painted by hand by the artist himself!
With his new collection ‘The kingdom of the Jura Volume II’ David starts his 2017 world tour in the UK.
DO NOT MISS!!!
Take a look at David’s website to see more of his work!
15 December 2016 at 6.30 PM
Join us for some beautiful art themed around Chester and Cheshire as well as a few very unusual and funny additions to the exhibition by Carl Longmate!
Carl is a prolific Painter; whose work reflects a positive and optimistic view of life.
Starting as a young finished Artist in Advertising, Carl quickly learned to produce creative work with energy. Preferring to work from life now, Carl says:
“I like to experience my surroundings and absorb the atmosphere, be it town, or country. Painting outside suits me!
I believe in commitment to art, and that can means experiencing some discomfort,
I rarely plan, or even have time to fully mix colour, I just get on with it!”
Introduced to the Scottish Colourist’s when working at the Glasgow School of Art, Carl was definitely influenced. His work having a hyper colour quality, reminiscent of that style.
Carl is a published painter and has been featured in Cheshire Life Magazine, Pure Magazine, and Derbyshire’s award winning Arts Beat.Carl was also featured in Vernon Building societies Charity Calendar.
He is represented by several Galleries, and has won awards including The Colourfield Gallery Award, and Department of Trade and Industry best business award.
16th March to 3rd April 2017
Art Exhibition Preview Thursday 16th March 6pm to 8pm
BORN IN NANTWICH CHESHIRE MARK WIGAN WILLIAMS HAS BECOME ONE OF THE UK’S MOST INFLUENTIAL GRAPHIC ARTISTS. HE PIONEERED URBAN ART IN LONDON, NEW YORK AND TOKYO IN THE 1980’S AND 90’S. HE CREATES SOCIAL AND CULTURAL HIEROGLYPHS FOR OUR TIME AND DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM SUB CULTURES AND STREETSTYLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
The exhibition features videos and photography of live painting performances, exhibitions and projects undertaken over the past 30 years in Europe, USA and Asia and recent paintings, sculptures, merchandise and prints. The exhibition will also showcase his latest Illustrated book A Village Lads Career (the reading between the lines to be left to the imagination) inspired by a seafaring ancestors nineteenth century globetrotting journal which documents his travels from Knutsford to Liverpool’s Salt House docks and off across the world to China, Japan and Australia.
Wigan’s approach is interdisciplinary crossing ﬁne art, illustration and urban art and his proliﬁc output includes regular international gallery exhibitions, live painting performances, set designs for theatre and television productions, animation, textiles, public art and music graphics.
He has lectured at art schools around the world, leading the degree programme in Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts and has written six books on Illustration published by Bloomsbury.
Most recently his vibrant artwork has featured on a collection of boots, shoes, backpacks and t shirts for Dr Martens. The acclaimed DrMartens X MarkWigan Collection has been enthusiastically received all over the world. During the exhibition Wigan will be giving a talk about his artwork and latest projects, this is a good opportunity to meet this Chester artist and hear about his forthcoming exhibitions in London and at The Museum of Club Culture in Hull (UK City of Culture 2017) and Shanghai where he will be exhibiting his latest collaborative fashion project in the summer.
If a picture tells a thousand words Wigan’s drawings are worth an entire library of professorial works on pop culture, early works from 1985 are now revealed as astonishingly accurate maps, showing the development of the attitudes that deﬁned sub cultures.-
The Independent Newspaper
Paris had Toulouse Lautrec, London’s got Wigan an artist whose poser packed drawings immortalise the murky menagerie of late night hipsterdom.-
His work sits at the intersections of music, performance, commercial and visual culture, something that his new collaboration with Doc Martens explores further, decorating iconic DM models with allover archive graphics from original ’80s Wigan artworks.-Highsnobiety
Wigan’s work revitalises more stoic forms of social realism with a neon -bright parade of semi ﬁctitious cult classics, snap crackle and popping their way through the heated hordes of club land.-
London Weekend Television The Six O’clock Show
Wigan is the court chronicler to the transient vanities of our age .A typical picture depicts adherents of every cult under the moon jostling cheek by haircut for lebensraum in the bowels of any club. Its anthropology a go go –
The New Musical Express
If you’ve recently found yourself outside a Dr. Martens store in London, Bristol or Manchester, staring intrigued and amazed at the illustrated characters clinging to the windows, you’ll know Mark Wigan’s work.
A seminal ﬁgure amongst the art scene of the 1980’s (Andy Warhol and Jean- Michel Basquiat were acquaintances), Wigan’s hand painted, busy scenes are the latest subcultural artwork to be tapped by the bootmaker. Clash Magazine
British footwear label Dr Martens has tapped one of the UK’s most established graphic artists, Mark Wigan for a collaborative collection as part of its campaign #standforsomething.
The resulting collection, which includes accessories as well as footwear, features Wigan’s unique style which consists of a blend of social and cultural hieroglyphs, vivid landscapes and schematic ﬁgures inspired by the youth and sub cultures of the UK. –
Wigan has been transcribing the bizarre habits and mutant creatures of London’s sub culture into complex and beautiful graphic patterns since the mid 1980s, his colourful dancing shapes are both decoration and information ,mapping out a hidden landscape and yielding secret signs to the initiated.
The Metro Newspaper
Imagine what the thoughts of your strangest friend look like. Mark Wigans are clearly stranger. Radioactive hieroglyphs, electronic incubuses and hybrid creatures appear in his technicolour dreams. Absorbing the inﬂuence of New York Pop Art his paintings show a chaotic vision of London life as human ants swarm through his cartoon mind maps. –
His playful, tribal inﬂuence can be seen in every club mural, ﬂyer and t shirt in the capital – The Metro Newspaper
If you cant see yourself in one of Wigans illustrations you’re deﬁnitely not really trendy – Time Out
Wigans work captures perfectly every nuance and characteristic of London’s numerous nightclub subcults, are more of a diary than pure commentary and having organised several warehouse parties himself as well as working as a writer and illustrator for i-D magazine, he knows what he is drawing about –
His tireless self -promotion has blurred the already hazy relationship between celebrity and art, though it should be obvious by now that, like Leigh Bowery, Wigan is very much his own creation, as are his idiosyncratic paintings –
The Face Magazine
Wigan represents the initiator, the cultural indicator, the creative artist and original thinker. Above all his work is concerned with the communication of ideas, using the language of contemporary culture and media as a vehicle, with no separation or distinction in status between the medium of art, fashion, advertising, technology or design.-