Working in collaboration with Laura from Adanac Art, Chester Art Centre is privileged to exhibit and reveal a selection of Original Oil and Acrylics from Geoff’s very own Private collection.
Geoff was one of the most collectable artists in the UK, with his paintings now almost impossible to come by, until now!
He captured vibrancy, movement and light beautifully by painting the swift, collective movement of horses and their rider’s crouched pose.
Geoff also produced bold and brightly coloured abstracts, using the classic impressionistic impasto technique of thickly textured paint, that is almost three-dimensional in appearance. These extremely rare and sought after Originals were created on canvas using both oil and acrylic.
History of Geoff Price
It was in the 1960s and 70s that Geoff enjoyed a career as a jockey, where he used to exercise horses at the stables of the late Donald ‘Ginger’ McCain.
Geoff then trained at the Mid-Cheshire College and went on to study at as a mature student and graduated in Fine Art from Liverpool Polytechnic in 1977. He once said of his artwork, “As a result of my association with horse racing I try to capture its pageantry – jockey’s colours, crowds, but more importantly it’s the movement, the physical power of jockey and horse; that I want to convey through my work.”
Speaking about his art work, Labour Cllr Martyn Delaney said; “He had this way of capturing movement in his paintings, bringing them alive. There was so much energy in his paintings.”
Geoff exhibited in galleries across the UK; his work is still featured in the collection at University of Liverpool, as well as private collections in the UK, Ireland, USA and Colombia.
Racehorse trainer Ed Dunlop, TV racing presenter and journalist Brough Scott and TV horse racing pundit John McCririck were among the many admirers and collectors of his work.
The private event will take place on Thursday, July 26 between 6 PM and 9 PM. Join us for some fantastic art, a glass of fizz (or two) and fascinating stories about Geoff and his work. Laura and friends from the Garden Quarter, will be there to share stories and raise a toast to Geoff.
We look forward to seeing you!
Please RSVP to email@example.com if you would like to attend.
The Unwrapped Exhibition will feature Gary Sheridan’s two most recent bodies of work from 2017 and 2018 entitled “Cluedo” and the aptly named “Unwrapped” series.
The Cluedo series of images explores the fragility and value of life. Not only how society values life but how we can value our own lives.
Inspired by William Blake’s poem The Fly, this piece flips the characters role in the board game Cluedo on its head, the living (the suspects in the murder of Mr Black in Cluedo) are the dead in this series, “My thoughtless hand has brushed away” William Blake.
The series juxtaposes the beauty of life and the seduction of aesthetics with death scenes, flipping the mind between one and the other in a blink of an eye, just as life can become death.
Thy summer’s play
My thoughtless hand
Has brushed away.
Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?
For I dance
And drink, and sing,
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.
If thought is life
And strength and breath
And the want
Of thought is death;
Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die.
In the Unwrapped series of images Gary uses similar technique and style to that in the Cluedo series, but even more vibrant, beautiful and provocative images with a vein of humour (awkward) to portray how in the perfect world, life should feel. He draws on fashion styled and cinematic scenarios/stills to ask the spectator to imagine what led to these imaginary moments in time. They tell a story of breakdowns and depression, which is often an awkward subject to discuss, but whilst it has been a subject rarely discussed there has been a steady increase in suicides worldwide over the past 45 years. Till we have got to the point where there are 50% more suicides than there were 45 years ago (reported by the World Health Organisation). We need to discuss what is happening to a world where 50% more people don’t want to live in it.
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 a natural inquisitiveness in human behaviour.
He constructs (often building sets in his studio) a series of work from a concept, such as in his recent work – Cluedo, or he will see images in everyday life that speaks volumes to him, such as the piece Arbitrate. Whichever method of construction he uses, he intends the images to be multi-layered and engage the viewer thoughtfully not just 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 often not a bed of roses and Gary’s work reveals a troubled society.
We look forward to seeing you for the private view on 12 July between 7 PM and 9 PM.
The exhibition will run until 24 July.
You are invited to the private view of an art exhibition by Sue Walsh! An exhibition of astonishing paintings by Sue this summer is an event we are really looking forward to.
Floating and fresh, Sue’s paintings will bring a bit of breeze to Chester Art Centre this summer.
A beautiful combination of the Coastal theme, People theme and Net Loft Interior will showcase some of Sue’s finest pieces. Water, air, sand and rocks mixed with Figurative and slightly surreal paintings celebrating the miracle of existence… The Net Loft under St Ives School of Art, where fishermen and artists used to coexist… The taking of the images to pure abstraction. One of Sue’s paintings from the series was even shortlisted for the 2018 John Moore’s Painting Prize!
A MUST SEE!
The exhibition will then run until 14 August.
New Life Drawing and Painting Class: Come and learn or practise your life drawing skills in our newly launched professionally taught life drawing class!
Taught by our internationally recognised fine artist Bryn Sutcliffe, who specialises in figurative drawing and painting.
You will have the flexibility to work without input if you wish or learn Bryn’s unorthodox approaches to his art.
All art equipment, a beautiful, young female model and refreshments will be provided.
Price for 3 hour long class – only £22!
Saturday 14th April (12pm – 3pm)
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Learn how to illustrate Kids’ picture books!
This fun and informal workshop taught by children’s book illustrator Bee Buckmaster, will introduce you to a variety of techniques:
Developing imagination & Visual story telling skills,
Creating humour and expression,
Character development & consistency,
Interpretation of text, Story boarding & layouts,
And much more!..
Bee is passionate about drawing and illustration and loves encouraging and motivating others to unleash their creative talents while having great fun with this genre.
In this workshop, Bee will be sharing her skills ,experience and enthusiasm to help you compose and create a kids book illustration . There will be a super range of Bees artwork and children’s books to inspire you!
The class will run on 31 March between 1 and 4 PM.
£30 per person, all materials as well as tea and coffee included as always:)
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