2013 Archive

Peter Macaulay.

“He’s unafraid of experiment and risk. What impresses most is the speed and fluency of his work. He moves effortlessly between representation and abstraction and makes great play of the space between these opposing points. Colours sing and despite the masterly free-flowing lines, there is a solid geometry with his compositions.” Peter Betts, Walker Art Gallery (and my old Art Teacher from Quarry Bank School in 1974-75).

Lynette Kay studied with Charles Howard at the Froebel Institute, University of London and was offered a place at the Royal College of Art. Her painting draws on a profound interest in the connections between music, colour, shape and texture in the environment.

Lynette was brought up in Formby and spent her childhood beside the sea and she is currently based in Oxfordshire but has lived, travelled and exhibited around the world. Her work is influenced by Picasso and Renoir as well as Inuit art in Canada and tribal art in South Africa. In recent years her work has been greatly influenced by John Hoyland, Cy Twombly, Richard Kidd and Gerhard Richter.

Lynette Kay’s paintings are often concerned with how the paint is applied and reacts with different media. The base is treated in various ways - materials are applied in an unconventional manner and paints are mixed to allow colour separation when dry. Recent work is larger and on unprimed cotton duck with acrylics.

Lynette Kay speaking about her practice said “Georges Braque once said, “making a painting is like taking a journey” and for me, the journey is often led by music. The music dictates the starting point and the colour that is so central to my work. Whenever I hear a piece of music, I see explicit colours, movement, shapes and textures in my head - a phenomenon, where one sense overlaps another, known as "Synaesthaesia".

Nic Corke, curator and owner of the Corke Gallery said “I am delighted to be showing Lynette’s stunning paintings which express her dazzling passion for life and its contradictions. Lynette successfully negotiates the boundaries between structured formalism and expressive, intuitive abstraction. Her paintings leave the viewer with an insight into a new reality, untapped emotions or senses through her bold and varied palette which combines delicate details amongst sharp brushstrokes.”

All work is for sale and admission is free - picture marked with a red dot have been sold.

Click here to view / download a pdf of the work available to buy in the show.


A collection of works by artists from the UK and Romania showing the many diverse styles of portraiture used from the late 1400's to the present day

Peter Edwards

Winner of the 1994 BP Portrait Award whose work hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, National Museum Wales, Ulster Museum, Belfast, National Library of Wales, St Andrews University, Birmingham University, Warwick University, Ferens Gallery, Hull, National Museums Liverpool (portrait of Willy Russell), Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead, Moma Wales, St Georges hospital, London, Sheffield University, Manchester University. Peter Edward's website

Emma Tooth and John Afflick

Combine traditional fine art painting styles and methods to create paintings which are familiar yet unique, referencing work created by master painters but using additional symbolism or members of the public who are transformed through the medium of fine art painting.

View Emma Tooth's paintings on YouTube

Emma Tooth's website

John Affleck's website

Radu Belcin, Flavia Pitiș, Aurel Tar and Francisc Chiuariu

These four Romanian artists are driven by European scepticism which is the present reality in Eastern Europe and their work is influenced by the way Romania’s history, cultural experiences and its current economic power or lack of it affect their lives. The work selected for this show is a snapshot of this new reality and its effects on people and society in Romania. Lack of freedom and identity issues are brought to the fore by Radu Belcin’s realist paintings, childhood in the consumer society is the focus of the Francisc Chiuariu’s series titled ”Forever Ikea”, Flavia Pitiș works with close-up childish gestures combined with the habits of the adults and Aurel Tar’s pop art style captures the strong hold that the USSR held over its empire states.

View the work by the Romania artists View paintings in the show on YouTube


Graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s this year, creates haunting portraits which capture the pure emotion she attaches to the subject matter.


Stencil art has brought street art alive and enabled artists to quickly create detailed art works which are hard to ignore. For this show RANDOM has created a collection of large and small portraits which include: David Hockney, Bessie Bradock & Arthur Dooley. RANDOM creates his portraits and images with up to 12 separate paper stencils which each take hours to cut out with a scalpel and he was recently asked to paint on the ‘Fun Boat’ on the Dee a couple of weeks ago and it was filmed and in now online at YouTube

Paul Bywater

Portraits in pencil of characters from Spaghetti Westerns with weather beaten and craggy features which Paul sees as landscapes that convey a mythical gravitas all of their own. His recent show in Arena sold 21 original drawings. View the collection of pencil drawings by Paul Bywater on YouTube

Huw Lewis Jones

Huw is greatly influenced by the work of fellow Welsh artist Kyffin Williams and he has created four large portraits for this exhibition.

Mike Goodwin

A graphic artist by profession who has created a series of prints featuring his own characters as well as a portrait of John Lennon. Mike has recently enjoyed success at the Liverpool Art Fair where he sold many of his distinctive unique prints.

View Mike's drawings on YouTube

Ken Bullock

Ken was for many years a professional sign writer creating a wide variety of signs, large and small using traditional handwriting and poster brush work as well as making massive signs for football grounds and major businesses across the UK. Ken now uses his creative skills to paint and make various artworks and in this show he has painted a portrait of the French actor Yves Montand in Laveu.

Landscapes 2013 - Part 2

John Pickles - Landscapes in Watercolour

View video of watercolours by John Pickles

plus Martin Greenland, Paul Gent, Lisa Cole Kronenburg, Mel Sullivan, George Drought, Claire McCarthy.

Exhibition Dates: Saturday 1 - Friday 21June 2013

The show features a new collection or watercolours by John Pickles or landscapes in Italy, Switzerland, Estonia, Finland & Morocco, two reworked landscapes by Martin Greenland and landscapes and views of Liverpool by Paul Gent. Also on display in the gallery are original paintings by Lisa Cole Kronenburg, Josie Jenkins, Gareth Kemp, Mel Sullivan, George Drought, Claire McCarthy and Paul Bennett.

Gallery open Thursday - Sunday 2pm - 5.30pm during exhibition dates and by appointment.

View video of watercolours by John Pickles

Video of Lisa Cole Kronenburg paintings Video of Gareth Kemp paintings Josie Jenkins paintings Mel Sullivan paintings

Landscapes 2013 Part 1

Landscapes 2013 - Part 1

Josie Jenkins, Huw Lewis Jones, Gareth Kemp, Lisa Cole Kronenburg,

Mel Sullivan & Claire McCarthy

Plus: Paul Bennett, Joel Bird & Random

Adrian Henri Bird of Prey


Poetry & Painting 1960-2000

Saturday April 6 - Sunday 28, 2013(Gallery open: Thur - Sun, 2pm - 5.30pm)

See the video of the work in the show on YouTube

Watch Catherine Marcangeli talk about the exhibition on Bay TV iverpool which she jointly curated with Corke Art Gallery owner Nic Corke to celebrate Adrian Henri's poetry & painting.

Adrian Henri was born in Birkenhead in 1932. He studied Fine Art at King’s College, Newcastle under Victor Pasmore and Richard Hamilton. A former fairground worker, teacher and scenic artist, he settled in Liverpool in 1957 and taught at the Art College. He First came to prominence as a poet alongside Roger McGough and Brian Patten in the groundbreaking 1967 Penguin anthology The Mersey Sound – like his paintings, his poems were Pop and popular, irreverent, humorous, political, surrealistic and anchored in contemporary urban culture.

Freelance from 1967, he carried on painting, writing and taking part in Happenings while fronting the unlikely poetry-and-rock band Liverpool Scene – prompting John Peel to describe him as ‘‘one of the great non-singers of our time’’. Though better-known as a poet and performer, he remained a prolific artist until his death in 2000, exhibiting widely, nationally and internationally. His subject matter encompassed Pop compositions, Meat and Salad paintings, semi-abstract depictions of Liverpool FC’s Kop, pastoral English hedges, and foreign locations – a luxuriant Hollywood hillside, the red-rose city of Petra, eerie oysterbeds in Brittany or the Postman Ferdinand Cheval’s extraordinary folly in Hauterives.

Throughout Henri’s career, the same subjects were often explored through both painting and poetry. The exhibition highlights these complementary echoes by bringing together pictures and poems based on common themes.

His 1960s visual works, just like his Mersey Sound poems, draw on popular icons, consumer products and cityscapes. The darkness of his Death of a Bird in the City series is counterbalanced by the ridiculous autocratic figure of Alfred Jarry’s Père Ubu, or by depictions of the English countryside. Foreign locations are also rendered in words and images, as are dream-like visions of The Entry of Christ into Liverpool, or Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

In his contribution to Adrian Henri, Selected and Unpublished (LUP 2007), Brian Patten speaks of Adrian Henri’s ‘visual imagination’: ‘The poet in him wrote poems containing images that the painter in him wanted to paint, and the painter in him painted images that the poet wanted to write. But really it did not matter which part of his spirit received the images first - Adrian would rush off with them to wherever it is Imagination cooks up its feasts, and, generous as ever, would return to share them with us all.’

This exhibition runs parallel with the ‘Adrian Henri Poetry in Art Prize’ as part of the Much Wenlock International Poetry Festival. Twenty artists have been shortlisted and a £10,000 prize will be awarded on April 6th by a jury including Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, playwright Willy Russell and art historian Catherine Marcangeli.

For details, see : http://www.adrianhenri.com/news-and-store.html and www.adrianhenripoetryinartprize.co.uk

Sections of Emma Tooth's paintings in oil on canvas

Emma Tooth - Evolution

Sat 2 - Sat 23 March 2013

View paintings in the show on YouTube

Emma Tooth's solo show at the Corke Art Gallery brings together some of her best known paintings of recent years, including a number from her acclaimed Concilium Plebis collection, and places them alongside some very rarely seen pieces, old and new, offering an overview of the development of her work from her earliest experiments with oils in the mid Nineties right up to now.

This is an unusual and arguably brave decision by a professional artist to open up her archives and place less mature pieces alongside more recent, perhaps technically more advanced works, but as a result the exhibition showcases not only the paintings in themselves, but presents a sense of a progression or journey. The most exciting part of the journey may still be to come - as Emma points out - as an artist she hopes always to be progressing, developing and discovering.

The earliest piece in the show is the imposing Punch, rendered on a heavily distressed wooden panel which Emma acquired during one of her customary midnight skip-raids in her home city of Cambridge. It may even be the board which was covering a man-hole in the entrance to the morgue during building works at Addenbrookes hospital... whatever it's origins, the wood's inherent character inspired Emma so much that she painted the piece straight from her imagination one sunny afternoon in 1997. This is an unusual opportunity to see such an early piece as so much has been destroyed or is locked away in the collections of old friends.

Now Emma Tooth is best known for Concilium Plebis; (Latin for The Council of The Ordinary) a collection of extraordinary portraits of ordinary people. Kickstarted in 2008 with Arts Council funding, her depictions of "chavs" and "hoodies" in the style of Caravaggio and the Old Masters gained her international attention.

Some of the strongest work in EVOLUTION is drawn from her subsequent collection entitled Heredity, where she deploys her by-now considerable technical skills in intimate and sometimes breathtakingly lifelike portraits of members of her own family. After all the paintings of hooded youths and tattooed young men in crucifixion-inspired poses, she seems to discover her metier in the wrinkles of old men's faces. Particularly striking is a lifesize portrait in oils of her paternal grandmother, the Queen Bee whose presence dominates EVOLUTION, and the almost impossibly weathered features of her maternal Grandfather, The Man with the Fish in His Eyes, whose face is a tribute to a lifetime of sun and cigarette abuse.

Among the portraits included in the show are several of the artist herself, which chart an evolution of their own. Emma Tooth has been described as a living work of art herself, and her experiments with her own image are often as striking as her paintings and many can be seen online at www.emmatooth.co.uk

End of Empires poster

End of Empires

Sat 2 - Sat 23 Feb 2013

Exhibition of original paintings by 5 Romanian contemporary artists:

Radu Belcin, Flavia Pitiș, Aurel Tar, Francisc Chiuariu & Dragoș Burlacu.

View paintings in the show on YouTube

Apart from revival and reformation, the cycle of cultures is inevitably destined to decline.

There is always a spectacular beauty/horror in the decadence of civilizations who believe themselves to be right or supreme with their future apparently guaranteed.

How the mighty have fallen - each and every time - no empire has survived - each and every one destined to collapse spectacularly - the next collapse is already in progress - its only a national debt /bank default away.

European scepticism is the edge which drives the present reality in Eastern Europe and inspires the contemporary artists: Radu Belcin, Flavia Pitiș, Aurel Tar, Francisc Chiuariu, Dragoș Burlacu.

Each nation is reacting to the new paradigm and provoking the future of the Europe in its own very particular way based upon its nations history, cultural experiences and its current economic power or lack of it. Facing the ”empires” of Communism and Post Communism, Consumerism and Post Consumerism, Capitalism, Democracy and other Posts, art finds itself in between the freedom of knowledge and the market value, the demands of the Nouveau Riche to challenges and scepticism of the New Poor.

The work selected for 'End of Empires' are snapshots of this new reality and its effects on people and societies. Lack of freedom and identity issues are brought to the fore by Radu Belcin’s recent paintings. The childhood in the consumer society is the focus of the Francisc Chiuariu’s new series titled ”Forever Ikea”. Realist and sensitive, Flavia Pitiș works with close-up childish gestures and habits of the adults. Collective character is ”mirroring” the mass production in Dragoș Burlacu’s new oil paintings on steel metal. Aurel Tar’s ”Wonderful Collapse” allegorical multiple panels paintings evoke the great civilization of the Greek European antiquity, staged now under the bailout of the financial crises.

The artworks and the artists from the ”End of Empires” exhibition are examples for the rising of the emerging art markets from the Eastern Europe.


This exhibition was realised in co-operation with Nasui Private collection & Gallery.


Nasui private collection&gallery is a cultural operator presenting the most important premium creations of a carefully selected pool of Romanian contemporary artists, within favourable international and national contexts. It aims to circulate its artists and art works on national and international art markets and scenes and to contribute to the sustainable growth of the represented artists’ market values. Portfolio of artists: Radu Belcin, Dragoș Burlacu, Francisc Chiuariu, Felix Deac, Flavia Pitiș, Bogdan Rața, Aurel Tar. Invited artists: Cristian Todie, Lucian Muntean.

Nasui Private collection & Gallery, 70 Emil Racovita str, vila 81A2, Ilfov, Bucharest, Romania

This exhibition is a joint initiative between Corke Art Gallery and Nasui Private collection & Gallery.