“Defining the Elemental Exhibition”
This show exhibited the work of ten painters and a poet at the Crossley Gallery.
In the introduction David Traves points out the inspiration of British 20th century painters such as David Bomberg, Leon Kossof and Frank Auerbach, that some of the participating artists may have been inspired by, although that is referring to paint application, more than it is to the subject.
below is the catalogue designed written and produced by painters TUBES magazine
the concept for the show
“Defining the Elemental” was Shaun Smyth’s original idea and it conjures up a whole range of meanings behind it. Essentially the artwork to be shown in the main is based on nature, although one or two of the artists have expanded that to include the human figure and one or two with pure abstraction work that perhaps have broader and more expansive connection with the title of the show, i.e. “initium aquam” (Latin: Life began in Water) by Denis Taylor and “Rebuilding ground zero” by Jeanette Barnes. Richard Fitton, another fine painter, shows some new work, one in particular that is removed away from the ‘impasto paintings’ he is known for, to a more delicate surface finish and his growing concern for the drawing content in his creative output (e.g: “Amy” mixed media- on loan from a private collector).
Ian Norris exhibits his highly developed semi-abstract work with his accomplished handling of paint, art works that are always based on dedicated charcoal sketches.
Nicki Heenan and Miranda Richmond are to exhibited their unique landscape paintings along with ‘imagined’ landscape paintings of Richard Clare and the more definite subject based work of Stephen Stringer.
Shaun Smyth exhibited a large panoramic painting of the Mersey Gateway Bridge, one of the many works that are to be shown at the Brindley Gallery, Merseyside with the exhibition ‘Constructing the Mersey Gateway Bridge’ (18th February 2018 to 5th April 2019). Shaun will also demonstrate his dedication as a skilled draughtsman by placing several charcoal sketch pieces next to his large painting.
Barry De More, another painter whose work gives more than a nodding reference to Kossof and Frank Auerbach, will shown works that range from the local environment of Keighley to Bradford (Yorkshire UK) to images of industrial workers on site.
Crossley Gallery at Dean Clough (https://www.deanclough.com/) the artists directly or via the painters Tubes magazine contact form.
The exhibition was on exhibition from the 27th October 2018 through to the 12th January 2019
Dean Clough, Crossley Galleries, Halifax HX3 5AX