By Sam Minshall
‘Time equals life – Life equals art – Art equals walk – Walk equals time.’
(Hamish Fulton, 2001, pg.8-12)
A project which involves walking, pushing, picking, placing, more walking, traversing, seeing, being, cleaning.
The walks will be on the 14th and 15th October 2017. They can be viewed LIVE on Twitter.
On the 17th October, a Live Art installation will be created using litter the artist has collected around Chester City Centre.
See artist’s website at https://sminshall2.wixsite.com/purusambulo
Twitter – @Purus_Ambulo
What’s behind your couch?
By Zoe Lee
They say a picture speaks a thousand words but does it speak them all?
Join Zoe in the celebration of Dawn McCrohan’s life, as she shares memories of their family home.
The interactive durational installation will involve the artist performing everyday rituals, which bring back memories of her past family life. The music from her childhood, the tastes of tea and coffee, and the acts of family living.
RED BOX STORY
By Debra Deakin
“Red, bitch red, blood red, true red, crimson, blush, flush, glower, lost cherry, scarlet, rose, smoulder, flame – these are the colours of our shame.”
(Donkin & Clements, 1993, p. 153)
This installation is the culmination of a year’s work researching auto biographical performance theory and feminist performance techniques.
The work will consist of a large red box, the artist contained in the box, will be naked with a camera on her face. The image from the camera then projected on to a screen. The red box will have apertures. The audience are invited to place their hands into the box. The responding effect thus projected onto the screen.
This performance is restricted to 18+ ages for audience members.
Visit Debra’s website for more info: https://dct2407.wixsite.com/redboxstory
‘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.
For artist Frederick Phillips, inspiration is found in the places he has lived, in the memories of his travels – or deep within the realms of his inner world…
Bringing together the outer world with his inner vision, in his art Frederick takes us to places we think we may have visited ourselves – or was it really just a dream? A compendium of travel-inspired oil paintings, colour drawings and limited edition prints that blend reality with the mind’s eye of this internationally-collected artist will be on exhibition at Chester Art Centre
(132 Northgate street, Chester, CH12HT, 01244313700) from September 15th to October 6th 2017. An Open Evening with artist Frederick Phillips will be held on Friday September 15th from 6.30pm to 9pm. Refreshments will be served as you meet the artist and view his unique artworks. And the artist will be talking about how his travels and the places he has lived continue to inspire his artwork on Saturday September 30th, when he will also be available to chat and sign copies of his book, “Quintessence: The Art of Frederick Phillips”.
Frederick Phillips is a painter for today who uses the techniques of the past to create the masterpieces of the future.
Dedicated to the craft and tradition of oil-painting, even his Limited Edition Prints are created to archival museum-grade standards. His atmospheric paintings are like half-remembered dream images, glimpsed briefly as we awaken. As the artist himself has noted:
“I began by being inspired by the Surrealists, and even today my paintings are not
realistic portraits of the world about me. My work is about memory; I don’t
paint what I see, but the memory of what I have seen”.
Born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1953, Frederick Phillips attended Burslem College of Art where he studied Fine Art under Arthur Berry and graduated in 1974. Following successful exhibitions in the Midlands, in 1981 he moved to London where he began exhibiting his art and soon attracted the attention of an American gallery.
In 1990 he was awarded an ‘Artist of Exceptional Merit’ visa by the USA and moved to Chicago where he lived and worked for 17 years. In 1996 he was invited to lecture on ‘Dream and Reality in Art’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and in 2000, ‘Quintessence’ – a book on his life and his art – was published in America.
Exhibitions of the artist’s work have been held in London, Chicago, New York, Boston, Indianapolis, Michigan, Puerto Rico and Hong Kong.
Following his return to his home town in 2007, the artist continues to deal with his many collectors in the United States as well as establishing new collectors in Europe and the UK through exhibitions in Manchester, Birmingham and Stoke and Cheshire. Additionally, for two years he taught life-drawing at Staffordshire University and he was also invited to join an international panel of judges at the ICEFA competition final in the Czech Republic.
In April 2016, the artist was one of the first to move his studio into the ACAVA Artists’ Studios at the former Spode Works pottery factory in Stoke where he continues to create art and plan future exhibitions.
His work is in private and corporate collections throughout the world.
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!