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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.


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).

Conor Rogers
(Oil on canvas)

Photo-realistic depictions from everyday life emerge from an ‘argument’ between the illusionism of the image and the substrate of the paintings. 

(Acrylic on self made acrylic sheet)

When viewing paintings, the main focus is usually the representation created by the artist on a flat surface.

(Acrylic on condom packet)

The success of his work lies not just in the quality of the representation, but in the moment the viewer’s attention strays away from seeing the image and into the concrete reality of all the components of the painting.

(Acrylic on kitchen sponge)

The ordinary - the quotidian, or even abject - is turned into something precious, even jewel-like.

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.

Next Exhibition

Ernesto Muñiz
Of Angels & Demons
Fri 26 August - Fri 23 September 2016
Private View 7pm - 9pm 
Thursday 25 August 2016


Quiron, the Centaur Ernesto Muniz
Quiron, the Centaur

Floof by Ernesto Muniz

Rebeca, Till death do us apart
Rebeca, Till Death Do Us Part

Hope by Ernesto Muniz

Ernesto Muniz who is represented by the Corke Gallery has arrived in Liverpool and is currently creating a new collection of collages for his exhibition which opens in August 2016 at the Corke Gallery and for  another exhibition in Madrid, Spain in October 2016.

 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.


September 2016
Martin Greenland
Carbon by Martin Greenland
(Oil on canvas)

To mark the 10 year anniversary of winning the 2006 John Moores Painting Prize the Corke Gallery is curating an exhibition featuring Martin’s work which is totally invented and improvised, contrasted with a new direction, or rather, a return to a previous direction, with work which is directly and intensely observed, drawn and painted

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Nic Corke,
28 Jul 2016, 05:47