‘Appropriate’ by Chris Stones – at Chester Art Centre
17th November to 2nd December 2020
Chris Stones, returned to higher education shortly after her 50th birthday, having decided to formalise her lifelong interest in art. This exhibition is a collection of some of the work Chris created in response to various modules, during the three-year degree course.
“I have always found collage an exciting and expeditious medium in which to work. One of my most vivid childhood memories is of my mother, making flour and water paste, so I could collage chocolate biscuit wrappers. Recognising that my strengths lie in the analogue, collage enables me to take a playful and diverse approach to making work. My work is eclectic, often conceptual, influenced by Surrealism, Dada and Pop Art, I combine collage with elements of appropriated paintings and readymade objects. As I mature past the age of 50, I am acutely aware of the value of recycling and the satisfaction of giving a ‘thing’ a second life, a reflection perhaps of my own reinvention as a student.”
Completing her studies during the unprecedented coronavirus lockdown, Chris graduated, without ceremony, First Class with Honours, Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art.
We hope that we can hold a socially distanced timed private view on Saturday, the 21st of November, between 2 PM and 7 PM. Please keep an eye on this page and RSVP if you would like to attend!
‘Surreal Reality’ by Greg Forster.
We are excited to announce Greg’s exhibition which will take place at Chester Art Centre for two weeks starting on the 4th of May and will run until the 18th of May 2021. The preview evening will take place on Thursday 6th May.
Influenced by the surrealists of the 1920/30’s and cartoonists of the 1980’s, Greg creates bizarre and imaginative colourful worlds with weird and outlandish subjects. Greg’s artwork can be provocative and at times disturbing, with a vein of fun bewilderment that runs through the entire exhibition. Sometimes political, often personal and intimate, with humour and sarcasm being central to his work.
Greg’s imagery asks questions and evokes mystery with detailed complexity of his paintings that encourages an exploration of one’s own psyche. In many compositions, subjects are undergoing a transformation, depicted as they change from one state or identity to another, displaying subjects with anything from angels with heart-shaped limbs to strange fuse-headed monsters.
Using knowledge and skills acquired in his profession in graphic design to shape his artistic vision Greg has put together a collection of images that portray varying perspectives that include love and loss, hopes and fears, lust and power, and the meaning of life. His work draws on his own personal experience personifying bizarre subjects in complex circumstance.
Working in a mix of contemporary mediums, the artist depicts life’s pleasures and predicaments in a surreal world. His use of bold colour in this surreal environment allows Greg to challenge his own emotional boundaries and explore his greatest obsession.
Greg Forster graduated from Swansea Metropolian University in 1992, since then he has worked professionally as a London based freelance illustrator, and latterly in graphic design. Now based in his native North Wales, he uses the knowledge and skills acquired in those professions to shape his artistic vision.
His artwork is inspired by the events of his own personal experiences, personifying bizarre subjects in complex circumstance.
Greg has a keen interest in philosophy and sociology, and has always been fascinated by characteristics, key life events, and situations which compose the essence of human existence, such as growth, emotionality, aspiration, conflict, and mortality. These themes are often recurrent in his artwork and come from varying perspectives that include love and loss, hopes and fears, lust and power, and the meaning of life.
Working in a mix of contemporary mediums, such as acrylic paint, ink, spray paint, marker pen and pencil on paper, board and canvas, Greg has blended his skills in graphics and illustration with his love of bright colour and surrealism to bring about artwork that depicts life’s pleasures and predicaments in a surreal world. His use of bold colour in this surreal environment allows Greg to challenge the boundaries and explore his own obsessions.
The private view will be taking place on the 6th of May between 6 PM and 9 PM and we look forward to seeing you for some bright surrealism and wine! 🙂
It has been a long time coming and now finally arrived! 🙂
‘SALO’ exhibition by OSMpaul and Mark Funge starting on the 10th of September will run until the 24th of September. Join us for an all-day event on Friday the 11th for some waves, sunshine and surfing :). 3 PM till 8 PM – do not miss!
OSMpaul is a digital surf artist/illustrator based in Chester UK. Influenced massively by the surf and skate culture from the late 90s and early 00s, he likes to recreate the vibe of reading surf mags and watching movies as a kid as well as some of the culture from the modern day. Mental health has also been a subconscious element to his work, and the recent bodies of work show how we can feel so small in this HUGE world we live in, but our passions and hobbies can bring back the stoke. His use of calm colours and negative space will leave you feeling like your sat drinking a beer at the beach with the sound of the waves crashing in front of you.
Mark Funge we all know and he is very busy – still awaiting the blurb! Lol.
Looking forward to seeing you on Friday the 11th!
‘FOUR VIEWS’ is an art exhibition by Penny Beautiman, Vicky Christmas, Ann Roach and Jackie Saxton, which will run between the 30th of March 2021 and 13th of April 2021, with the private view on 1 April. At Chester Art Centre we are very excited to see what these fabulous four artists come up with this time!
Looking forward to seeing you on 1 April for some wine, art and fun between 3 PM and 8 PM! 🙂
‘We are 4 artists and friends with diverse backgrounds in the Visual Arts , who regularly meet to work and discuss our progress. Each of us responds to a stimulus or subject in an individual manner. As Quarto we have exhibited together on a number of occasions, as individuals we have exhibited locally, nationally and internationally’.
As a printmaker, my main interests are in industrial landscapes and work places. I use relief blocks; the main design is cut by removing areas not needed, further detail is created by cutting out more areas and using different colours. I add texture by sticking sandpaper, mesh and thread to the block.
I have a degree in Fine Art from Reading University and have taught Art in a variety of schools. I exhibit regularly and am a member of Cheshire Artists Network and Outline Art.
After some years of teaching, I studied Art at a variety of places and continue to do so. My work is mainly outside in the landscape, however, I enjoy the stimulation and challenge of Still life and Life drawing. I am looking to work in a loose free manner, letting my feelings help to conjure the finished effect. I also value working with like- minded friends. I am a member of Outline Art and exhibit work extensively.
For the past 30 years I have enjoyed the challenge and rewards of being an Adult Art Tutor. My own work is varied as I aim to capture the specific nature, energy or atmosphere of my chosen subject – figure, flower or place. Although happy using any medium, I paint mainly in fresh watercolour, often spilling the image on to the mount, inviting the viewer to be closer involved with the subject.
I am a member of Cheshire Artists Network, Outline Art & Altrincham Society of Art. My work is exhibited extensively, has gained many awards and has been featured in several Art publications.
I am passionate about my art, in particular, pastels ,drawing and mixed media where I use all types of textures. I like colour, contrasting light – especially sunlight, movement and form.
I believe that an Artist must continually develop their skills and techniques; the process never ends. I am, however, very self-critical, seldom being satisfied with my work and feeling it could be
better. Nevertheless, I consider that Art is uplifting , spiritual and that it is a special joy and privilege to be creative and to work alongside other Artists. I am a member of Altrincham Society of Art and regularly exhibit my work.
‘I work in contemporary mediums. My studio is a mess of circuit boards, plastic resins and paint. I spend my time meditating and splicing one material with another. I love the contrast I create between colours and textures, everything is in a constant juxtaposition. I am probably considered a painter by many, but I feel more like a sculptor who works on canvas. To me the challenge is to create something with ‘feeling’ that evokes strong feelings in others. I am not always successful and at times this journey is painful, especially when you make that connection. Often, I feel naked when this happens, because someone is looking at me without my armour of bullshit. After the initial shock dies down and I no longer feel as vulnerable, I realise I have achieved something, that I am not pretending, there is a genuine connection.
Meditation and being a flawed human being is the key to my creative ‘process’. I tend to start with the structure of the painting or the concept. This is very much a conscious act, a little bit like visualising a sandcastle. As I work further into the piece, the original idea is ‘washed away’ each time, the mental image compromised. Each subsequent layer of paint, plastic or texture becomes a response to the modified vision. This is where the structure gives way to the feeling and the conscious begins to merge with the unconscious. This can become difficult to reconcile at times, there is risk involved. Sometimes paintings become over-worked when they should be abandoned. Sometimes detail is lost, sometimes I get lost.
I think contextually my work exists somewhere between abstract expressionism and the conceptual art foragers, for whom, Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Readymade’ is the life blood. The reoccurring theme would be creation born of frustration, be it with others or with oneself. I long for a certain amount of creative freedom. I am attempting to avoid the potholes of over thinking. Concentrate on breathing, clear the mind, and follow intuition, well for as long as possible in a heavy duty filter mask.
I take my tools of expression, and all the techniques I have developed and in rare cases mastered, then I leave the safety of roads firmly travelled. My journey will take me into the unknown, the black void of nothingness. When I return I have unlocked a piece of the puzzle but paid for it with a piece of myself. This is the price all creative minds pay until ultimately there is no exchange left’.
You can view some of Mark’s work on our website: https://www.artexclusive.co.uk/collections/mark-edmonds
MAD WORLD by GARY SHERIDAN
We are excited to announce Gary’s new exhibition which will take place at Chester Art Centre for 2 weeks starting on the 27th of August and will run until the 10th of September 2020. We’ve confirmed the private view for Thursday, the 27th of August, and will be equipped with face masks and disposable cups for Prosecco 🙂
It was whilst studying photography at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK that Gary found his passion for conceptual photography. His work draws on personal experience and his natural inquisitiveness in human behaviour.
He constructs a series of work from a concept, or he will see images in everyday life that speaks volumes to him. Whichever method of construction he uses, he intends the images to be multi-layered and engage the viewer thoughtfully and aesthetically. His work is vibrant, beautiful and seductive, with a vein of humour that runs through its body, just as life should be, yet life is not always a bed of roses and Gary’s work often breaks down the façade to reveal…
The Mad World exhibition features work from his latest award-winning series Waiting for the Tide to Turn, Are Friends Electric and In Dreams.
“In a mad world, only the mad are sane”
Bronze Award – Tokyo International Foto Awards, Fine Art 2019 TIFA
Bronze Award – Worlds Top 10 Fashion Photo, Fine Art, One Eyeland 2019
3 x Honorable Mention – International Photography Awards, Fine Art Series 2019 IPA
Honorable Mention – International Photography Awards, Street Photography 2019 IPA
Nominee – Fine Art Photography Awards – Conceptual 2019 FAPA
Finalist – Worlds Top 10 Fashion Photo 2018 – Oneyeland
Honorable Mention – International Photography Awards, Fine Art Portrait 2018 IPA
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 :)’