“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.-
A little party to celebrate the end of decorating works!…:)
We’ve had a lot of art exhibitions, art classes and a lot going on in the past few months, however, we were still not a 100% ready to say that everything was how we wanted it to be… Well, now we ARE! And we’ve realised that we’ve never had an Official Opening – NorthgateStudio just became Chester Art Centre and we’ve been readjusting the business since, making improvements to existing structures and implementing new ideas. The transition has been rather smooth, yet incredibly difficult. We’ve worked hard and will keep doing so, but a little celebration is a must, we believe.
We are happy to invite you to our opening party this Friday, it is going to be a great one!
On the night we will have a preview for a new exhibition downstairs themed around Performance – Art, enjoy a little theatrical performance, have a glass of wine (or two!), talk about art, exchange ideas and simply have a lot of FUN!
And on top of it all… to celebrate Black Friday Chester Art Centre will be offering 20% OFF all of our art on display!