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Manchester Gallery Summer 2015

Modern and Contemporary exhibition:

Mill and Essex1938

John Aldridge 1905-1983

Made by Contemporary Lithography limited 1936-1939

Attracted to rural locations. Escape. Aligned himself with British Romantic landscape painting. Captures the spirit of the locations.

Paper shortages of war brought this short lived initiative to an end.

I really love the way that the artist conveyed the trees. They have been of personal inspiration in to my own work. They are similar to the shapes used in many of the contemporary paintings that I have been really enjoying.

Still life 1941

Mary Potter 1900-1981 Oil on Plywood.

Potter painted casual arrangements of her objects in order to concentrate on the act of painting. Thickly and quickly, visible brushstrokes, textured surface, marks only approximating appearances.

I really enjoyed the playful freedom with her paint and enjoyment of exploring painting itself.

Semi-Sunset 1995

Colin Blanchard b. 1952

Photo-etching on paper

Personal note to research this!

Gartside street, Manchester 1942

Arthur Sherwood Edwards 1887-1960

Pencil on paper

I wanted to remember this and take note of its brilliant use of line and tone, etc.

Lansdowne Place East and Lasdowne Crescent, Bath 1942

JohnPiper 1903-1992

Watercolour with ink, pastel and chalk on paper.

Commissioned by the war artists advisory committee 1940-1941 to record devastating effects of the war on British landscapes (bomb damage).

Produced a series of watercolours focused on Georgian domestic architecture of Lansdowne where bomb damage was greatest. 1800 houses left inhabitable.

I absolutely loved this piece. The chosen mediums are my favourite and really work well together. I absolutely got lost in this creation.

Interior 1964-65

Richard Hamilton 1922-2011


Published by Petersburg Preet Limited, Edition of 50.

Inspired by a still from a film “Shockproof” 1949 (which Hamilton found by chance)

Film: None of the walls joined and perspective distorted and lighting came from different sources.

Hamilton replicated collage cuttings from different sources and photographing in black and white. Rearranging in to a composite image and then adding colour. Increased the fragmentation by mixing historic and modern furnishings, highly detailed patterns and areas of black abstraction including a woman from a contemporary washing machine advert and part of the drawing room belonging to Claude Monet’s daughter.

Result: visually unsettling view of domestic interior. Meaning cannot be deciphered.

Hamilton pioneer of British pop art, regarded fine art, photography and popular culture as a creative continuum.

I really do enjoy seeing how artists bring together various forms of creative art in order to voice and convey what they want to express. This for me was a really brilliant example of how the creative arts work together.


Palm Trees at Le Cannet (about) 1924

Pierre Bonnard 1867-1977

Oil on canvas.

Positioned next to nude (with trees in).

Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard- last of impressionists taking their exploration of the painting of light well in to the 20th century. Patterns of strong sunlight on shaded gardens was popular Impressionists theme. Allowed painter to explore the effect of the eye of both deep shade and dazzling sunlight in 1 painting. Le Connet- near Cannes- South of France- his home Le Bosquet from 1925 until death.

I couldn’t help but fall in to this painting. The texture and colour was my personal taste and what I want to achieve through my own work.

Paradise Row, Bath

Walter Richard Stickert 1860-1942

Oil on Canvas

There wasn’t any writing with this painting. However it is landscape that I wanted to record for later research.

Summer in Cumberland 1942-5

James Durden 1873-1964

Oil on Canvas

(View through window) Born in Manchester and studied at the Manchester School of Art. Painted from his own house in Lake Distict. Siddaw Bank- Overlooking Derwent Water. Includes his family. Strong sunlight and light airy colours.

I absolutely loved the light and detail in this piece and was very drawn to the grande scale of the painting. A very successful view through a window.

Overall this was a really enjoyable gallery trip. There was so many pieces of inspiration and of personal interest to me.


Gallery trips Summer 2015

Gallery Trip Summer 2015

Landscape exhibition at Contemporary Six The Gallery, Manchester.

There is currently a hard and soft landscape. To one side of the small gallery space is the soft landscape paintings and to the other hard landscapes. Both bouncing off of each other whist complementing at the same time. I like that gallery attempts to show so many pieces at once, whist remaining separate from each other and not cluttered. The gallery itself becomes a piece of art work in the process in my opinion.

Some of the artists whose work inspired me and appealed to me in particular (that when I home I spent time researching as there was no information accompanying the pieces) are as follows (the current main exhibition, as well as other artists whose work are on display to):

The exhibition of Cityscapes/Wordscapes

Artist Colin Taylor in collaboration with poet Anthony Rowland

Combining the landscapes paintings of Colin Taylor with the poems of Rowland. A really interesting collaboration with brilliant results. His paintings complement the poetry beautifully.

Inspired by the city of Manchester’s skyline he completed this series of paintings.

I was intrigued by this collaboration especially considering the pathway of the degree I have embarked on. Bothe creative felt the other form of expression complemented as well as enhanced their work and what they wanted to say.

The paintings work well with each other and bring a story to life. The abstract paintings built up with obvious, textured and bold, confident brushstrokes. He confidently makes decisions without fuss over detail, instead strong decisions. All fairly work together and flow in to each other through their colours. It was inspiring to experience modern contemporary hard landscapes in such a way.


Rob Wilson

Influenced by his history with graphic design and illustration as well as inspired by his inspiration from the North Wests dramatic architecture and its moody landscapes. He creates unique abstract pieces containing typeface and stitching sitting to the side of traditional media.

He uses a method that combines paint and print. To do this he uses a variety of printed matter such as pages from programmes, brochures and leaflets, vogue sewing patters, etc. (all often relating to the subject of painting). Paint builds the pieces up with layers and texture. Then adding the printed matter as well as tissue paper. Wilson goes on to add lines of machine stitch to literally bring the painting to life.

Quoted so say “I usually work from photos. If the piece has been commissioned I would wait for the right light before taking the photos. I like strong light as it brings out the contrast of a building’s architecture. I’m also very particular about the angle of the photo and like to have foreground interest (usually people) as it provides perspective to the scene and also gives the building a sense of purpose or context.

From this I produce a very quick line drawing on to canvas using watercolour pencil crayons. This becomes the rough layout for the painting and introduces pace and movement to the painting right at the start. I water down the pencil drawing using diluted glue before laying on the trademark dress patterns. Once dry I often use a wash of acrylic inks to start adding large areas of tone. I then use acrylic paint to define the areas of intense light and shade before adding cut sections of news print and leaflets which are often relevant to the subject.  After more layers of print I finish with subtle wash of watercolour to fine tune the tones. Then the piece is ready for stitching. This stage is very important as it literally ties together various elements of the painting, without which the painting feels unresolved.”

Mathew Bourne

His landscapes are absolutely incredible in terms of texture through paint application. I absolutely love the lively, excited movement created by the artists signature moves with the paint. The content creates quite a dreamlike feeling. Everything about this artists landscapes really appeal to me. They remind me of the experimenting that I myself have been enjoying exploring with pallet knives.

References for information and quotes:

Personal research on Krzysztof Wodiczko

Whilst skim reading through different years in the book Art since 1900 I came to the year 1987. I have to admit that Activism and Humanitarian art are incredibly huge passions of mine and my attention was immediately grabbed and really excited by this year. It appears to be a time where through events that were occurring, activism was reignited back in to art!

Through reading I discovered an incredible artist named Krzysztof Wodiczko born in 1943. He works during the night by projecting symbolic images on to monuments and buildings of political and financial power. By doing this in an attempt to counter act any official languages that are presented as well as to expose histories that have been suppressed.
I love this artists work and how much he successfully achieves activism through his art.

Foster H, et am (2004) Art since 1900: Modernism, Anti modernism, Postmodernism, Thames and Hudson.
Further research points
One of my favourates:

Gallery visit September 2014

Today I visited the Manchester Art Gallery. I really enjoyed having first hand experience with some incredible works of art. Prior to embarking on the exhibitions, I spent some time in the shop as I found some beautiful postcards containing incredible examples of some of the creations that I was about to experience in the flesh so to speak. Some examples of the postcards that I purchased I will scan along with my notes (Please see below).

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I have to say the postcards really were beautiful, however, compared with the primary source, they couldn’t possibly of done them justice. I found myself admiring the different effects of the brush work. This has encouraged me to experiment greatly with my own work. The colours and textures were breath taking.

I found that many of the works of art were very much complemented by their title and description. Some really didn’t needed assistance, however others wouldn’t have opened up my mind without it. I find that words really do complement and challenge paintings greatly. It fascinates me the beautiful connection that words have with paintings.

One artist I am going to research further in Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-82. After whitnessing his painting The Bower Meadow 1850-72. I read that he originally accompanied this piece with a poem, as he did with most of his work. This fascinate me that he successfully combined two methods of creative expression in to forming one masterpiece. I am truly inspired at how well the creative arts really work together.

I have visually expressed through my collection of postcards, that many of todays paintings that I came in to contact with were tell stories from the bible. This truly inspires me as I really want to explore my own artistic voice through this way too. The beauty of bringing out such passion and love of the artists faith was a real inspiration and push for me today. With this in mind I plan on doing some persona research in to the following painters:

  • William Hunt 1827-1910 (Examples: The light of the world 1851-6. Also The Hireling Shepherd 1851).
  • William Dyce 1806-1864 (The Good Shepherd 1856)
  • .Charles Lock Eastlake 1793-1865 (Christ Blessing Little Children 1839).
  • George Frederick Watts 1817-1904 (The Good Samaritan 1850

I have to admit many of this paintings were truly stunning. Although some were very clear in their messages visually, I gained a deeper understanding from the information and their titles that accompanied them.

I would personally like to explore cotemporary and modern arts approaches to faith based art.

I also came across some works of art focussed on nature in all its splender. I have been doing a lot of personal work on trees and landscapes recently to work on my colour forming skills and explore the effects of brushes, etc. I was really helped and inspired by being able to admire the brush techniques on building texture and detail. I was challenged to include more detail in my own painting. I feel I need to slow down and enjoy the process and practice of painting instead of rushing to the final piece. This is an incredible lesson that I am sure will help me in the future. Particular reference to the following paintings and artists:

  • Andrew MacCallum 1821-1902 (Oak Trees in Sherwood Forest 1877)
  • Alexader Nasmyth (River Landscape with Ruined Castle-date unknown)

I was also compelled to purchase a book from a local art shop on my way home with an acrylic colour wheel on the front: The acrylic paint COLOUR WHEEL BOOK, John Baber, Search Press. I believe that this book will be of some incredible use to me in my future work!

Lastly I really have to include Manchester City Centre itself. Its been a long time since I spent some time really enjoying its modern day beauty. It’s such a living breathing masterpiece that we must interact with every day and so many must take for granted! This reminded me of the earlier exercise with Duchamp in my other courses work. Art is very much un appreciated in todays society. I really enjoyed taking a step back from the rush of life and simply basking in the beauty of such an incredibly art filled city. I will be doing this more often to enrich my work.

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Personal note: Pre-Raphaelites. Watch video on

Also whilst I was both in the gallery and out in Manchester I picked up some leaflets on up and coming exhibitions in the gallery, as well as exhibitions in other local galleries too. I also found out about local poetry readings, short contemporary art film productions. As many of these I can attend and experience, I will be doing.

To conclude I have to say how much I have appreciated devoting a large chunk of today to this experience and challenge. It has surprised me just how helpful it has been to my own personal development. Its been really beneficial and really opened my eyes to the possibilities of painting.