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!
Janet’s practice explores the diversity of creativity in all media:
‘Pain ceramics and text what is it to be you, what is it to be me. I break down barriers between us and ‘The Other’.
Janet Webb is a professional UK based recognised artist, who has been creating, exhibiting and selling her incredible work for many years across the country. Textiles, screen printing, painting, film making, sculpture, life drawing and teaching art are only some of Janet’s talents.
Janet has spent her life in art, painting, teaching and exhibiting and now is also reaching out to a greater audience through the internet. She owned her own gallery in Chester, designed and painted for the UK’s largest pub chains including Greenall Whitleys, Grand Met. catering, Ind Coop, Thistle Hotels and Imperial Inns and Taverns. Janet produced a number of documentaries and sat on the Board of the Friends of the Liverpool Tate.
During her DIVERSITY exhibition at Chester Art Centre, Janet will be exhibiting a range of paintings, sculptures and curios mixed media pieces.
The exhibition will run between 18 April and 7 May 2019 with the private view taking place on 18 April between 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM.
Luciana Hermida is a visual artist and graphic designer from Buenos Aires (Argentina), based in Chester UK.
Luciana brings a unique approach to mixed media art. Through her series ’Space Dive’ she looks to challenge the way we perceive reality. In this series there is also a prominent protagonism given to the creatures of the deep sea, a very deep passion of hers. These creatures are put in unusual environments alongside unusual elements in order to create imaginary worlds and challenge the mind. The creatures swim into space and vice-versa. There is no set narrative. The space, the sea and land are merged in order to allow the creatures move around freely.
‘Space Dive’ invites the observer to let go of natural ways of perceiving the world and dive into space with the imagination.
Seduction, metamorphosis, transformation, after life, time travelling are some of the topics that appear in Luciana’s artworks present in the series ‘Space Dive’.
Her art is visually stimulating as well as an imagination stimulant. Bright bold colours are embraced, giving each piece a very contemporary and fresh feel.
We look forward to seeing you for Luciana’s Space Dive private view on 23 May, 2019, between 6:30 and 8:30!
The exhibition will run until 6 June 2019.
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.