This exhibition of paintings is inspired by the beautiful British coastline, and captures the relationship between the land and the sea with its ever-changing colours, light and atmosphere.
Equally as evident in these works is the emotional response to the landscape.
“I aim to capture the essence of a scene through the abstraction of colour and light. The colours work in harmony to capture a moment in time.
Whilst the moment is transitory, the mood evokes elemental connections we have with places that feel eternal – this [ our relationship with coastal landscapes] is an aspect of Mike’s poetry that impresses me”.
A chance meeting between the artist Sue Walsh with the poet, Mike Penney, led to this exhibition, a collaboration between artist and poet.
The exhibition will run between 13 July and 3 August 2021
You can view some of Sue’s work here in our online gallery, but no new pieces have been revealed yet! 🙂
We are looking forward to seeing you at Chester Art Centre for the private view of this magical exhibition on the 15th of July from 6:30 PM!
The exhibition is inspired by the beauty of the natural world and the increasing need to preserve it in the face of human activity. Paintings of fauna and flora in contemporary settings contrast with
rocky landscapes that have withstood many millenia of changing climate conditions. Other work references archaeological activity and the respect for nature and the elements held by ancient
Most of the paintings have been developed from sketches and watercolours made outdoors on travels locally and in Europe, and worked on in the studio. Originally from the south of England,
Gillian spent several years living on the north coast of Scotland before moving to Chester. (See also www.gillianrobertson.co.uk )
Gillian has exhibited widely throughout the UK including the Royal West of England Academy, Winchester Cathedral, and the Dean Clough Gallery in Halifax and has had a number of solo exhibitions in the south of England and London, including a major exhibition at the Institute of Physics in London, with an exhibition at Castle Park, Frodsham in March this year. While living in Scotland she opened a studio and gallery and has clients in Britain and Europe.
She trained at Winchester School of Art, receiving a PhD in Fine Art (Painting) in 2009. Before focusing on landscape and the natural world she spent several years painting on location with archaeologists, and also taught life drawing and painting to medical students.
The exhibition will run for 3 weeks until 1 October.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
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.