2012 Archive

Your Move Magazine

Christmas Show Feature

Thanks to everyone who came to the opening night of the Christmas show and it was great to see the whole of page 54 dedicated to pictures of artists and guests at the Private View in the current edition on the

Your Move magazine.

Joel Bird and Russell Harris were the two main featured artists in the show but it was a packed exhibition with over 150 original paintings on show by artists including:

Lisa Cole Kronenburg, Paul Bennett, George Thompson,

George Cannon, Huw Lewis Jones, Ruth Morrissey,

Paul Gent, Simon A Yorke, Ernesto Muniz, John Vesty,

Ken Bullock & Paul Gatenby.

Christmas Exhibition

Sat 8 - Sun 23 December 2012

Featured artists include:

Joel Bird, Paul Bennett, Russell Harris, Huw Lewis Jones, Lisa Cole Kronenburg, George Cannon, Paul Gent, Ken Bullock John Vesty, Ken Bullock and sculpture by Paul Gatenby

Martin Greenland

Inventions & Reinventions

Part 2 (Free Entry)

Fri 2 Nov - Sun 2 Dec 2012

(First) Fall by Martin Greenland 2012

Exhibition open: Thu - Sun from 2pm - 5.30pm and by appointment - please call 07773 287827

View Martin Greenland's Part 1 Catalogue View Martin Greenland's Part 2 Catalogue

The Corke Art Gallery is proud to present an Exhibition of the work of Martin Greenland winner of the Liverpool John Moores 24 Painting Prize in 2006.

Inventions & Reinventions is a collection of imagined landscapes which reference the rural environment’s splendour and the changes wrought by the hand of human activity and the passage of time. The paintings are not literal interpretations. They are refashioning of places visited that have struck a chord, or they are places which have evolved on the canvas to become illusions of places which have no known existence, in which every element is an invention. Freed from the inevitable stranglehold of reproducing reality and what is before him, Greenland creates worlds, visualised in his imagination and brought to life on canvas in many layers that convey what landscape could or should be.

The exhibition features English landscapes, illuminated with continental light, with features enhanced by vibrant colour and saturation whilst other paintings in the show feature restricted use of light and colour and draw the viewer into a scene that demands considered appreciation long enough for the eye to adjust to the subtle elements represented in the painting.

Greenland’s roots are deep and broad, his work references symbolism to Surrealism via Realism and Romanticism and he paints ideas and feelings about the time and place we find ourselves - ever changing and yet often constant.

Since winning the highly acclaimed National John Moores Painting Prize in 2006, Greenland has continued to exhibit extensively throughout the UK and is now enjoying new successes internationally.

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Independents Biennial Pop Up Show

Lisa Cole Kronenburg

Selected Works - Old & New

Gallery Open Thu - Sun 2pm - 5.30pm

The Border

Lisa Cole Kronenburg will be showing a selection of work at the Corke Gallery including several new landscape paintings and works on paper.

The light, mood and atmosphere in Lisa’s work has that quiet, charged hum of meditation – the landscapeas a metaphor for emotional and spiritual states.

The new landscapes show the terrain becoming more layered and undulating with allusions to mountains, river systems, furrowed fields and islands.

However, the real subject matter is the nuanced feelings aroused by the landscape – the correspondence that the viewer perceives between internal and external worlds.


Paintings Inspired by North Wales

& the Lake District

9th - 18th November 2012

Huw Lewis Jones - North Wales


George Cannon - Lake District

Paul Bennett

Lands & Seas

Biennial Pop Up Exhibition

Thur 4 - Sun 14 October 2012

Described as abstracted and expressional,

Paul Bennett's captivating paintings create a sense of intimacy and isolation whilst simultaneously leaving the subject open to interpretation.

Bennett aims above all to provoke emotional reactions rather than drawing too heavily on representational accuracy.

Paul's expressive brushwork and dramatic palette aims to captures the immensity and ethereal quality of weather through the use of rich textures, multiple layers and poured paint he endows his images with a tactile nature and his powerful colours capture the intensity of his chosen subject.

These dramatic representations of the uncontrolled aspects of weather, entwined with an intense emotion are undeniably beautiful.

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Leaving of Liverpool by Paul Gent

Thursday 5 - Saturday 21 July 2012

View Paul Gent's exhibition on YouTube

Paul Gent

Paul Gent’s new exhibition includes a new set of drawings of iconic views and buildings in and around Liverpool and statues from the Walker Art Gallery. The mixed media works are mounted on laminated floor boards and are 18cm deep an vary in width.

Paul has spent many hours, in all kinds of weather over the last two years, drawing and recording the details into his sketch book which he then recreates in his studio using pen, ink and acrylic on various background materials including bank notes, maps, vintage wallpaper, comics, packaging and gold foil and then the completed works are sealed using an antique varnish.

View Paul Gent's new exhibition on YouTube.

Dreams & Reality by Ahmed ElHassan

Sat 16 - Sat 30 June 2012 (Gallery open Wed - Sat 2pm - 5.30pm)

Figurative, abstract and semi-realistic, Ahmed’s new exhibition incorporates vibrancy, atmosphere and colour, taking the viewer on a journey awash with ethereal images, experiencing different terrains and cultures and a unique sense of timelessness. This collection of 30 new paintings portray different stages and moods, some follow an experimental theme whilst others are reflections on travel and memories.

Acrylics, oils and watercolours are used as well as paint mixed with different materials to create various textures. Ahmed often waits for the picture to come to him, being more involved in the process of painting than the planning so figure or landscape can often emerge out of the blank canvas.

Ahmed says of his work ‘Painting is a language in itself and for this reason I do not title my work as I want to leave the viewer with the freedom to engage with the work’. To Ahmed, painting is not just a matter of mastery – it is also a matter of feeling and as well as being a painter he is an illustrator and likes sketching and quick drawing.

As a British Sudanese, Ahmed has lived in Manchester for more than 25 years and since graduating in Fine Art he has had 15 solo exhibitions, been part of many group exhibitions in the UK (Manchester, London and Cardiff), Africa and the Gulf. His work is in private collections in many parts of the world and this is his first solo exhibition in Liverpool.

Viewings available by appointment - please call 07773 287827

To see more of Ahmed’s work, visit his website at www.elhassanartist.com

St Michael in the Hamlet

Queen's Jubilee Weekend

Year 6 Painting Competition

Celebrating 60 Years

Captivating by Paul Bennett

Friday 13th - Saturday 28th April 2012 - Free entry

Described as abstracted and expressional, Paul Bennett's captivating seascape and landscape paintings create a sense of intimacy and isolation whilst simultaneously leaving the subject open to interpretation.

Whilst being a great admirer of photography and photo-realism, Bennett aims above all to provoke emotional reactions rather than drawing too heavily on representational accuracy.

Bennett’s expressive brushwork and dramatic palette aims to captures the immensity and ethereal quality of weather through the use of rich textures,multiple layers and poured paint he endows his images with a tactile nature and his powerful colours capture the intensity of his chosen subject.

For Bennett, viewer engagement is of extreme importance and one of the beauties of his work is its ability to reflect the mood of the audience, emphasising his intention of enticing people to experience his visions rather than simply consume them.

These dramatic representations of the uncontrolled aspects of weather, entwined with an intense emotion are undeniably beautiful.

See more of Paul's work at his website

Group Show by Liverpool John Moores University

2nd Year Fine Art Students

21st - 31st March 2012 (Free entry, open Tue-Sat)

The group show features the work of Ashlea Rowson, Gemma Hulme, Meesh, Hannah Midgley, Tracey Escolme and Viviano who are all studying Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University.

The show includes a diverse collection of drawings, paintings in oils and acrylic, mixed media, sculpture, castings and a controversial performance video by Hannah Midgley sewing her face!

The artists have been inspired by a variety of themes and ideas including Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland', metaphors surrounding autism, LGBT representation in art, women's self obsession with beauty, the dark and negative sides of life and representation of the spirit and emotion of the artists subject matter reacting to events.

Lisa Cole Kronenburg - Close Up Far Away

23rd February - 17th March 2012

The subject matter of Lisa’s work has always been the distant landscape – a view of something remote and out of reach. The large, empty and often panoramic swathes of land, sky and water are a defining characteristic of her painting.

Recently a more abstract strand of work has grown alongside these paintings - loosened from the moorings of horizon line, foreground, middle ground and background these ‘other’ landscapes explore the small, fluid incidents contained withinthe land, the sky, the water.

This selection of 26 paintings shows for the first time the two styles of the artist’s work - whilst her primary focus remains the more literal landscapes, her abstract paintings reveal the natural world from a much closer range.

View 360 panoramic photographs of the show by Andy Hibbert at Pixel Images.

View slideshow of Lisa's paintings in the show on YouTube