Marco Costa is an Italian Energy Engineer by profession and travel photographer by circumstance. Thanks to his current role, he often has the chance to travel and explore Europe, including Italy, of course.
This exhibition focuses on the recurrent trips back to his home country, showing landscapes, urban scenes and architecture.
The pictures span from the mountains where he grew up to the recently explored Sicilian landscapes, Venice, Rome and the lake Maggiore, in the north of Italy.
It’s by no means a comprehensive summary of what many consider the most beautiful country in the world. It’s a collection of fragments, moments and views captured through the eyes of someone looking back at his motherland with renewed curiosity and interest that the detachment living abroad brings.
The exhibition will run for two weeks between 21 February and 10 March 2020. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, 22nd of February for the private view of some fantastic Italian views (and fantastic Italian wines!:-) )
A Brief History of My Time as a ‘Narratetist’ and the Origins of Narrateism
‘Throughout my secondary schooling I always came top in art, and in my final year I capped it off by having a painting hung in a school corridor, ‘The Wall of Fame’, ha! Upon my leaving school the art teacher, Mr. Rank, issued me with a letter of high recommendation for entry into the ‘Grosvenor School of Art’, which I duly attended. However, I was soon to be disappointed with what I considered was a serious lack of dedication by both my fellow pupils and the tutor alike.
Consequently, it wasn’t too long before I eventually decided to drop out. It was then my search for an artistic direction began. This search ended after I briefly studied the works of the masters of old. Their works are neither ‘Old Fashion’ nor ‘Modern’. They are indeed ‘Timeless’. It matters not if the people in the field have pitchforks loading hay onto a cart or just a tractor and bailer. What does matter though, is the story, notwithstanding. I myself prefer none-fiction to fiction. But I must confess I liked the tale of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’. Perhaps the parable is as relevant today as ever. So, don’t be duped, let’s get real (istic). The works of the great masters speak for themselves. The paintings narrate to the onlooker, the artist’s emotions and sensibilities. These are all mixed in with the story, and listen with your eyes if you will, and let the heart run free, you become one with the scenery. Every story has a picture. Now please, I beg you, don’t think for one moment that I am trying to put my work in the same gamut as the masters. Good heavens, no! But it is my fervent wish to emulate them as much and as best as I possibly can. Just to get my paintings to narrate the onlooker the story that lies therein.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Narrateism.
From the Narratetist with love.’
The exhibition will run from 3 December until 17 December 2019 and is dedicated to a wonderful lady Rachel Swindley, who was a devoted supporter of Andy on his artistic journey.
We look forward to seeing you for an afternoon of lovely stories, Andy’s art and some mulled wine between 2 PM till 5 PM at Chester Art Centre on 7 December 2019!
Please bare in mind that it is a Saturday afternoon event, rather than an evening one 🙂
Leafy Chester by Steve Moon
We are delighted to announce that one of the best friends of Chester Art Centre is finally exhibiting his art with us! ‘Leafy Chester’ by Steven Moon is a very much anticipated exhibition and will run for 2 weeks between 4 February 2020 and 20 February 2020, with the private view taking place on Thursday the 6th of February.
Originally from the Wirral, Steve Moon has been living in Chester for eight years. He has done art for as long as he can remember and has been painting in oils since he was eleven. In the last ten years Steve has worked in acrylics more than oils but he enjoys experimenting with different mediums and styles. Steve says that he is not a ‘fully professional artist’ but is fortunate to have a day job that gives him half of the year off. In the last few years much of his off time Steve spent in his studio.
‘The paintings in this series are strongly influenced by the landscapes of Gustav Klimt. The techniques he used gave his landscapes a pattern like quality, for some of the works Klimt (probably) used a telescope to frame distant mountains and hillside towns as seen across alpine lakes.
I was intrigued by the idea of adapting Klimt’s ‘telescope’ landscape techniques to the not-at-all mountainous Chester. My hope was that by using binoculars and sketch pad, a camera phone, several view points and lots of careful composition planning I could create townscapes that were pattern like, true and yet also not what the eye would immediately see. All the pieces were planned in the field but painted in my studio. Further inspiration came from an article on Radio 4’s Front Row which somewhat condescendingly dubbed our city as ‘leafy Chester’, implying, I felt, that it was a touch more smug home counties than real north.
In the paintings of Grosvenor Park I’ve purposely obscured all but the plinth of the somewhat overblown statue of our park’s eponymous benefactor. Sharp eyed locals may have noticed that in one painting, in order to the portray the noble lord obscured, I first had to move his monument 20 meters into frame, a technique known as artistic license :)’
This summer we are happy to exhibit Sue Walsh’s fantastic artwork for the third time! Sue’s summer seascape shows are becoming a wonderful tradition at Chester Art Centre and a new collection has been created especially for her 2020 summer exhibition.
S R Walsh is a local artist whose work has recently been exhibited in London, New York, Monaco, St Ives Cornwall and, of course, Chester.
‘SUMMER EXHIBITION 3’ will run for 3 weeks from 7 July 2020 until 28 July, with the private view held on 9 July between 6:30 PM and 9 PM.
“You are invited to call in to Chester Art Centre to see for yourself why my paintings are chosen by people from all over the world to enhance their homes and offices.
My paintings capture the light, atmosphere and moods that connect us to nature.”
We look forward to seeing you on 9 July for wine, gorgeous sea breeze and fantastic artwork!
Take a look at some of Sue’s paintings on her web page: www.sue-walsh.co.uk
David Bowker was born in Prestwich, Manchester and attended Butterstile County Primary School, where he was encouraged to draw and paint especially by teacher Miss Barbara Evans. He then went to Stand Grammar School, where he kept receiving encouragement in art by his teachers including Mr John Moss. He created his first oil painting in 1982, which was a landscape depicting Winter Hill at sunset. David’s first solo exhibition took place at local library in Prestwich two years later, and he continued to exhibit there in group and one-man shows until August 2006, encouraged principally by ex-Head Librarian Mr Harry Wilkinson; exhibited work at other venues including craft fairs, building societies and galleries.
In 1986 David won BBC TV North-west Tonight painting competition with painting entitled ‘Prestwich View’; the chief judge was Mr Harold Riley and Young Artist award at L.S. Lowry Centenary Celebration exhibition ‘Contemporary Salford’ at Chapman Gallery, Salford University with painting ‘Hanover Court’ a year later.
David studied for an honours degree in Combined Studies (Visual Arts and Art & Design History) at Bolton Institute of Higher Education between 1993 and 1997 and in 1998 he started teaching English as a Foreign Language, working in Eskisehir, Turkey and continuing to draw in free time. David holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics through distance learning at Birmingham University. Teaching English continues up to the present and the list of countries he has worked in keeps growing and also includes Portugal, Italy, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the U.K.
David has been exhibiting his work in various locations around the UK and has a ‘permanent’ exhibition of works including collages and paintings displayed at Caledonian College of Engineering, Muscat, Oman.
The exhibition at Chester Art Centre will run until the 11th of August 2020.
Come along for the official opening on 30 July at 6:30 to meet David and have a glass of wine!
Selected works by Bryn Sutcliffe and Anastasia Tilston, showcasing natural beauty and wildlife in its glory will be on display at Chester Art Centre from 1 October until 15 October.
You will have already met both Bryn and Anastasia if you have ever visited the art centre:).
Bryn has been with us from the very beginning and we have had the joy of watching him progress with his work and get established in the international art scene. At the moment Bryn is working with Wonderland Memorabilia as well as selling a lot of his work in London and online. At the same time, many of his pieces can be found at Chester Art Centre, where he is often busy painting or making frames 🙂
“I began to experiment with many different medias at college and developed my skills using paint. At university I was encouraged to integrate conceptual ideas behind my work and hone in on particular medias which I preferred to use. Today, I mainly work in oil and acrylic paint but find acrylics lend themselves better to the spontaneous approach in my work. I specialise in figurative art in acrylic paint as I have always been fascinated and inspired by the human form. I have recently been commissioned by the Grosvenor Museum in Chester and many famous celebrities own pieces of my work.” (Bryn)
Anastasia is usually the one running around and doing 15 different things at the time around the gallery or can be found in front of the computer doing admin. Sometimes, however, she does manage to make some jewellery and take a few arty photographs. This time she will be exhibiting only new things, since her most recent obsession with electroforming… Exciting times! 🙂
The official event for the exhibition will take place on 3 October, where you will be able to meet the artists and watch them work!
Come along and bring your friends for some beautiful art, jewellery and a glass of wine!
We arexcited for the Speed Painting event on 22nd August at the Alchemist!
Our one and only Bryn Sutcliffe will be showcasing some of his newest pieces, limited edition prints as well as Speed painting an original Gorilla piece in acrylics, which will be auctioned off on the evening. 20% of the proceeds raised from this sale will go towards the wonderful charity Gorilla Doctors.
On arrival at 6 PM you will be welcomed by The Alchemist Team with a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Throughout the evening Bryn will be working away and answering any questions you might have about his work.
Please RSVP to Chesterbdm@thealchemist.uk.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘The Musings of Airosolix’ is my first official solo show, with different examples of my work in a variety of mediums, mostly based around aerosol.
My first artistic love, aerosol art (Graffiti), has been a part of my life since the mid 1980’s and is still a major part of my commercial work with ‘Laughing Crow Design’.
The photos of ‘The Old Lines’ is where I began to practice and ‘In the Yard’ is where I have fun and paint now 30+ years on.
This art form has permeated itself through many other influences especially my fascination with Japanese woodblock designs,
The Kami (Gods/deities) & Yokai (mythological creatures), Tattoos, the art of the Samurai and martial traditions.
About Mark Funge:
Scarborough born and current Chester resident, artist Mark Funge has been creating art since the 1980’s. Mark’s first commercial pieces were part of the fund raising for S.Y.A.G (Scarborough Youth Arts Group), where he was part of a team of artists creating large scale murals for youth clubs, nightclubs and other organisations throughout Yorkshire and Humberside. Mark studied Graphic design and Advertising which can be seen in his current style.
Mark established Laughing Crow Design in October of 2017 working with and for local companies in and around the Cheshire and Merseyside area, You may have seen or even had your picture taken in front of Mark’s work in Chester when he produced the wings on the window of local charity, The Share Shop, to help promote their bid to raise money for a house for the homeless. Currently Mark is working with Blackburne House and the Windrush project in Liverpool to produce a large piece of work, where the descendants of the Windrush generation were involved and helped. This piece of work when finished will be a permanent fixture at the Museum of Liverpool.
The exhibition will run until 7 September.
Join us on 23 August at 6:30 PM onwards for a couple of beers (or a glass of wine), meet the artist and browse through some very cool pieces of Mark’s work!
Extremely happy to have Jocelyn back!
NEXT Contemporary Watercolour Workshop
20 July 2019, 1 PM – 3 PM
Suited to all levels who want to either learn a modern approach to watercolours or to learn how to loosen up and enjoy this wonderful media.
We will be painting an animal as usual as it’s fun and relatively easy!
£25 per person, all materials provided!
Jocelyn is a Welsh Artist living on the North Wales Coast. She started out in watercolours 12 years ago although she has been drawing all my life. Jocelyn began her Fine Art Degree with Bangor University in 2009.
“My inspiration for painting comes from the wildlife and animals that surround us every day. Each animal or bird has its own quirks and character which can be brought out with colour, adapting my painting techniques to suit each one I hope to give it life and energy. Colour is a wonderful tool to reflect emotion and mood and therefor my paintings are an emotional response to this delightful subject.
My watercolour workshops allow me to share my passion and to help others to relax and enjoy the process of creating art”.
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