Artists Talk - Thursday 10 November 2016 - 7pm

by Martin Greenland  
Wednesday 2 - Friday 25 November 2016 (Open 1pm - 5pm -Wed - Fri)

Martin Greenland won the John Moores Painting Prize in 2006 with his painting ‘Before Vermeer's Clouds’ and for most of the past thirty years those who know his work will have seen a predominance for landscape.  Within this work, elements, themes and motifs have come and gone and recent paintings have become purer as landscapes, this being the biggest joy for him; to purely invent landscape, as this is what these works are; complete, improvised  inventions, even if these pictured places are sometimes rooted in real places. He uses all his skills as a painter and what he knows and can remember so the viewer is absolutely convinced of the landscape's reality.

 In recent times he has often made paintings in a way which can be described as the mirror opposite of the landscapes; that is, completely and directly scrutinised still lifes.  He has long been convinced that new life can be brought to this, for many, stale genre.  Martin is tired of the laziness, the cliché, the lack of meaning which so much still life has so his new work brings something a little different; irony, a sense of humour, a dedication to tradition but also a shaking up of that tradition and most important, inscrutable painterly accuracy.

Martin will be giving a talk on Thursday 10 November 2016 from 7pm about his new collection of paintings which include the still life works on show at the Corke Gallery.  Tickets for this event are free but booking is essential because places are limited.  Please email to reserve your ticket(s).

Current International Artist Exhibition
Ernesto Muñiz
Of Angels & Demons
Fri 26 August - Fri 23 September 2016

Control       Hope by Ernesto Muniz      lFloof by Ernesto Muniz

Ernesto Muniz who is represented by the Corke Gallery in the UK arrived in Liverpool in July 2016 and created a collection of new collages for the current exhibition.
He has now left and gone off to Madrid where he has another show opening in October 2016 followe by another  show in Italy in November 2016 before returning to Mexico City where he is based.

 As part of its commitment to forging links with international artists the Corke Gallery has sponsored Ernesto and brought him to the UK. Ernesto has previously shown at the Corke Gallery in 2010 and 2012 and has recently had exhibitions in San Jose in the USA and Mexico City.

Previous Exhibition

Utopia Deferred
This exhibition brings together three painters who featured in the 2014 John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition.

Mandy Payne, a prize winner in 2014 was selected again to feature in the 2016 JMP Exhibition.  Her painting ‘No Ball Games Here’, of Spring Hill in Sheffield, is on the poster promoting the current JMP Exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery.

Each artist in the Corke Gallery Exhibition makes use of ubiquitous and often found materials of their post-industrial urban landscape – concrete, aerosol paints, rubbish, cigarette packets, crisp packets, paper advertising – as substrate or media, source material or reference.

It could be seen as the perfect recycling cycle, making use of the discarded and useless outpourings of the city. But this is no mere exercise in decorative ‘making do’. There is meaning here in the act of painting and how painters paint now when it would seem that everything has been painted and painted in every possible way.  Essentially, the three painters in this exhibition ask a question about the places they live and work in, the cities of Sheffield and Hull: that question is ‘how do we dwell?’

This is the first of the Biennial Fringe exhibitions at the Corke Gallery to feature John Moores Painting Prizes winners – the next exhibition, ’I AM/NOT MAKING THIS UP', features new work by Martin Greenland, winner of the 2006 John Moores Painting Prize.  The Private View for that exhibition of new paintings is Thursday 15 September 2016 from 7pm to 9pm.


Paul Collinson

(Oil on canvas)

The inherent picturesqueness (roughness and irregularity) of the abandoned, derelict and the unplanned space is a virtuous subject matter, now politically as well as aesthetically, for the artist. 

(Oil on canvas)

So rather than go hunting for these already ‘turned over’ sites he make his own: low-tech follies of his imagination and experiences mixed with references to historic and contemporary English landscape ideologies, design and use constructed to achieve a certain verisimilitude when viewed through the camera lens. 

Cold Pastoral by Paul Collinson

(Oil on canvas)

The photographic print becomes the point of origin, the subject matter, for the day to day exigencies and tussle of painting.

Mandy Payne
(Spray paint and oil on concrete)

Mandy is interested in marginal spaces, places that 
are often maligned and thought to be devoid of traditional aesthetic beauty. For past 3 years she has been exploring Park Hill in Sheffield, the Grade II* listed council estate and one of Britain’s largest examples of Brutalist architecture.

Displacement by Mandy Payne
(Spray paint and oil on concrete)

Park Hill is currently undergoing regeneration and as such is an interesting place to observe. Part of the estate has undergone transformation into shiny, luxury flats whilst half remains boarded up and derelict.

(Spray paint and oil on concrete)

Spending time at Park Hill reinforced to her that concrete is the unifying link throughout the site. With this in mind she has been working with materials that are integral to the estate itself, namely concrete (which she has mixed both into the paint and as a substrate) and aerosol spray paint (referencing the graffiti).

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Nic Corke,
28 Jul 2016, 05:47