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Look Me in the Eye - Simon A yorke

Paintings by Simon A Yorke
Tues 24th January – Saturday 26th February 2011
Open: 2pm - 6pm Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 2pm Saturday

As part of Poverty & Homelessness Action Week the gallery exhibited eight 5ft x 3ft large portrait oil paintings of 'rough sleepers' who Simon A Yorke met on the streets outside TATE Modern in London.  Other paintings in this series where shown during the 2008 Liverpool Independents Biennial in the International Artists exhibition at the CUC LIverpool.

Artist's Statement
I painted portraits of homeless people that I encountered outside the Tate Modern.

In an art world were the artist’s job is to challenge the status quo and be avant garde, I wanted to put an alternative perspective to an age old tradition which is reserved for the wealthy who commission portraits of people they have an emotional bond towards. I wanted to paint people who in society are classed as undesirable, who live on the outskirts of the community.

The majority of people avoid eye contact with the homeless, who beg on the streets, which is why I painted colour into the eyes. This gives a focal point to the paintings, drawing the viewer’s eye to engage with these characters. The mono-chromatic palette is representational of the urban grime these people encounter daily while they live on the streets. The paintings are raised to eye level to challenge the way we see these people, changing the perspective which they are encountered on the streets (they are normally sitting on the floor). Each painting is the same size and I painted every individual that I encountered outside the Tate so there was no discrimination and they received equality.

The goal of the art is not to make a case about homeless people but to show the reality of their humanness.

Simon A Yorke (2011)

Prices: All the paintings in this series are priced at £1,100 each. 

Commissions:  If youa re interested is commissioning a potrait by Simon please contact Nic Corke atthe  gallery or on 07773 287827.

Current Projects:  Simon is currently undertaking for his MRes Art and Design at Liverpool John Moores University which is a year long research programme in which researchers explore and critically appraise individually negotiated research projects in Art and Design History,

Also included in the exhibition is the work of David Cain who is an up and coming talent currently at college.