We all know that this past year has been one for the history books in every sense. We have been the viewers to beginnings, endings and everything in between and mostly through a digital device. As we are opening our doors, we are excited to let you know what to expect as well as some exciting projects that we have in the works.
Firstly our show Doing:unDoing has been extended until summer with a fresh re-vamp, showing new works of Jimmy Turrell, Dan Parry- Jones, Robin Coleman and Stephen Johnston. The group show navigates artists examining the world as we know it today and the changes that we face as a collective, considering identity and the construct of time through the Pop Art ethos.
Jimmy Turrell is a visual artist and director based in Newcastle. After working in a local bread factory, he decided he wanted to study at Central St Martin’s School of Art. Later going on to be the creative director of the music video ‘WOW’ for multi–Grammy Award winning artist Beck. Turrell also designed the album covers for Beck’s most recent albums ‘Colours’ and ‘Hyperspace’. The artist has a lengthy list of clients that he has worked on creative campaigns for including Adidas, Nike, Fiat, GQ, Vanity Fair, Levis, MTV and BBC Radio 1 to name just a few and not surprisingly, his work has been seen around the world.
Dan Parry-Jones is a Bristol based artist who uses a colour pallet of pale pinks and dreamy blues contrasted with burnt orange and planes of white that emanate an art deco warmth. Parry-Jones uses tools to scrape into thick layers of paint to produce abstractions to his urban landscapes for layers of silk screen print and graphical motifs to merge with. These playful uses of process draw inspiration from abstract expressionists and pop art giants such as Robert Rauschenberg and Richard Hamilton.
Robin Coleman is a Kent based artist who uses mixed media to create iconic and witty works that are meticulously put together. Coleman uses an array of disregarded printed materials such as vintage comic books, newspapers, stamps and tax disks. Coleman has worked alongside leading contemporary artists such as Banksy and appears in private collections all over the world, including the Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas.
Stephen Johnston is a Northern Irish artist creating hyper-realistic paintings that focus on thought provoking scenarios. The artist depicts everyday objects placed together that juxtapose one and other and create new narratives. Johnston is heavily inspired by surrealists René Magritte and Michaël Borremans, along with photo-realist artists such as Denis Peterson. Johnston’s work is characterised by its painstaking level of detail and craftsmanship. A recent commission of Johnston’s hangs in the ‘Great Hall’ at Queen’s university in Belfast.
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the gallery and really hope to see you soon. Don’t forget to keep up to date with all of our latest exciting news and projects over on our Instagram. We’d love to see you soon and if you’d like to make an appointment to speak to one of our expert advisors when you next visit us, you can do so here.