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ANDREW MARR

The Corke Gallery represents Andrew Marr as an artist.  Please visit www.andrewmarrart.co.uk to view paintings currently available for sale or download the 'Strokes of Colour' exhibition catalogue.


Current Exhibition
PORTRAITS
Peter Philip, Clifford Sayer, John Vesty, Simon Adam Yorke 
Thursday 10 - Saturday 26 May 2018
(Gallery Open 10am - 2pm, Thursday - Saturday)


The new ‘Portraits’ exhibition features 60 original paintings by four artists who all have a distinctive style and approach. 

Peter Philip is representational painter working mainly in oils who depicts subjects that are part of everyday life. Inspired by traditional classical paintings he paints contemporary subjects firmly establishing his compositions in the present day.

Clifford Sayer has always focussed on the figurative , very much influenced by Carravagio, Velasquez, El Greco, Picasso, Degas, Manet and Freud. In 2010 Clifford started the ‘Literalist’ painting movement, emphasising the meaning of painting for paintings sake, thereby the term 'Literalism' was born. This latest series of paintings celebrate natural light and form in a fresh and immediate style.


John Vesty celebrates the nude in an impressionistic style, touches of humour and some almost presented like slabs of bare flesh which resulted in the original exhibition of 21 paintings being banned because ‘council staff’ found it offensive because it featured older ladies naked or wearing just a hat!  It’s hard to believe but it was in Cromer in Norfolk – see the press report in the Telegraph at https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/7953429/Can-a-modest-nude-really-be-that-offensive.html - ‘Partial View’ the painting pictured in the press article is actually in the show and available for sale.


Simon Adam Yorke paints hyper-realistic portraits.  In the Portraits show I have included his latest series ‘Bodhisattva’, featuring portraits created using traditional methods of ink painting, of people from all religions who have/had dedicated their lives to developing compassion.  Also in the show  are a collection of eight hyper-realistic paintings featuring holy people Simon met whilst in the Himalayas during a 5 month pilgrimage as well as three of his large scale ‘Nomad’ series portraits of people who are homeless.  These have previously been exhibited across the country to raise money for homeless charities and hostels including the Royal Chapel at the Tower of London, Liverpool Cathedral, Sunderland Minster and across St. Helens.  

This year the Corke Gallery is proud to be one of the sponsors of the John Moores Painting Prize which is celebrating its 60th year.

Full details of the Corke Gallery's programme of exhibitions taking place during the 2018 Liverpool Biennial will be announced shortly.

New Gallery Opening Times: 10am – 2pm from Thu – Sat and by appointment



Previous Exhibition 
NEW CONTEMPORARIES EXHIBITION 
Thursday 13 - Saturday 5 May 2018
(Gallery Open 10am - 2pm, Thursday - Saturday)

               

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Since 2010 we have been committed to working with both new and established artists and promoting contemporary art in Liverpool.
  
In 2017 we were impressed with the standard of painting at the Liverpool Hope University Fine Art Department and agreed to offer an Exhibition Award to the student or students whose work we judged to have stood out at the Liverpool Hope University 2017 Fine Art Graduate Degree Show .  The standard of the students work was very high and made the selection process particularly difficult.

After viewing all the paintings in the show we finally decided that four students stood out and this NEW CONTEMPORARIES exhibition features new artworks by all four artists as well as a few that were included in the Degree Show.  

A particular highlight, and a first at the Corke Gallery,  will be Olivia Maddocks whole room painting which will feature a single painting covering all the walls and the floor of one of the gallery rooms. 



GRACE BARKER
Personal recollections of my natural homeland in the Scottish Highlands and upbringing in central Africa, specifically Malawi and Zimbabwe, inform the eclectic abstract paintings, characterised by an aesthetic drawn from African and Western cultural memories.

Inspired by the colourful wall paintings of the Ndebele women of southern Africa who decorate the walls of their homes with abstract symbols to express themes of cultural resistance, continuity, aspiration and celebration, I find my art practice to be an amalgam of what I perceive as a dual cultural identity best described as my inescapable ‘Two Tribes’.

There appears to me to be an affinity between the African tribal and Scottish clan systems, and just as the Northern Ndebele were displaced in a Zulu diaspora, I find a relevance in Scottish clan history with the Highland clearances and exodus of dispossessed people. This leads me to be interested in concepts of ‘displacement’ and material choices become important in the making of the work.

The square format favoured relates to the textiles, kilts and quilts that identify both tribes and clans.  I enjoy the concept that by hanged the work in any orientation the painting may offer up a surprising new perspective.

 www.gracebarkerart.com

LISA GOODWIN

Flesh as a subject is a beautiful, natural aspect of the human form which can conflict the emotions desire and revulsion, visualise various forms of weight and even dramatic folding of skin; it is these aspects I find truly fascinating. Within my oil paintings, the abstraction of these organic forms becomes the forefront of investigation. The abstract allows me as a painter to stretch the boundaries and perceptions of the flesh, creating new forms which have been manipulated from various existing sources and observations. The abstract also allows the viewers and I greater conversation with the painting’s forms, evoking perhaps sympathies or contrastingly revulsions for the bodily painting.

There is reference to both bodily and landscape contours within the ambiguous paintings with each beginning with no end composition in mind. They are built with a continuous method of slow, looking, fast painting and consistently share a specific flesh toned palette.

At present the abstracted flesh battles with an ephemeral atmosphere contrasting the weight of solid flesh forms against a clouded space of memory and void.


 


OLIVIA MADDOCKS

Notions of structure and chaos initially informed my work to create a series of abstract paintings that depicted structured geometric forms and chaotic watercolour background. Over time my practice has moved away from exploring chaos and structure; with my work becoming more concerned with exploring where the boundaries lie between painting and sculpture and whether they can be broken.

Using elements of both painting and sculpture in my work I deliberately confuse the boundaries to leave the viewer questioning whether my work is a sculpture or a painting often presenting paintings like sculptures and sculptures like paintings. Through this my practice has recently moved into installation where my abstract paintings have started to come to life. Drawing back on the original themes of chaos and structure I create interactive spaces which invite the viewer to become part of the work by moving the painterly sculptures around.

 




MATT READ

I work in a wide range of media both traditional and non-traditional with which I am interested in portrayal of the figure, character, but mainly the human condition. 

My work combines elements of abstraction, realism and surrealism. I create work around the idea of value, and how it can and will change through time and occurrence. 

I use comedy and bright colours to raise the question of value within a subject.








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