3rd of April
- 15th of May 2010
new art exhibition & launch of ‘Gallery 2’
O'Reilly Wilson, Derek Culley, Fanchon Frohlich, Danny Hampson
3rd of April 2010, 12-4pm - a
new abstract exhibition opens at Gallery4allarts, to celebrate the launching
its new gallery space, ‘Gallery
The ‘open day’ event will comprise of free viewing of the
new exhibition, taking place in the two separate gallery spaces ‘Gallery
1’ & ‘Gallery 2’ and the ‘Gallery 2’ launching.
Exhibition will feature abstract style works in a variety of mediums
such as painting, mixed media, assemblage, prints, etc., from the
following artists based in the North West England (Liverpool, Stoke-on-Trent,
St. Helens): Fanchon Fröhlich, Alex Simpson, Derek Culley,
Nicole Bartos, Christine O' Reilly Wilson, Danny Hampson,
Winston Patrick Lawson, Kathy Moore and others.
browse below 'Curator's notes and artists' statements'.
closes: Saturday 15th of May 2010.
From April, the new gallery offers to the audience art exhibitions,
various workshops (art, art therapy, healing arts: Qi Gong, Shiatsu)
and space rental facilities
(for meetings/ workshops).
contact and addresses (2 galleries):
GALLERY4ALLARTS – Gallery 1
LLAWRCC / SMLLCA
80 Lark Lane,
The Old Police Station,
Opening times - Gallery 1:
Tues - Wends-Thurs 3.00pm - 5.30pm;
Friday, Saturday 12.00am - 5.00pm
Closed: Monday, Sunday.
GALLERY4ALLARTS - Gallery 2
The Old Police Station
4 Sefton Grove,
Opening times - Gallery 2:
Tues - Wends 12.00pm - 3.00pm;
Thursday- Friday, Saturday 12.00am - 5.00pm
Closed: Monday, Sunday.
Gallery also open by appointment. Please, contact by phone to arrange
statements and curator's
form and pure expression, the aesthetic evidence that in art feeling
and thought are prior to the represented world". Abstract artists,
alike Kandinsky, worked with colours and patterns as a correspondent of their
moods, and as Meyer Shapiro writes about, "They are the concrete evidences,
projected from within, of the internality of (…) mood, its independence
of the outer world. Yet the external objects that underlie the mood may re-emerge
in the abstraction in a masked or distorted form. The most responsive spectator
is the individual who is similarly counterpart of his own tension, but a final
discharge of obsessing feelings."(Excerpt from Meyer Schapiro (1937), "Nature
of Abstract Art"), pg. 8) (more
notes to follow)
Image, Fanchon Frohlich, Oil on canvas. Click thumbnail to enlarge.
philosopher born in Iowa, U.S.A. and based in Liverpool. Fanchon
Frohlich, has written a book on Bill Hayter’s methods of experimental
drawing, and the origin of ‘Collective Phenomena’ which
is a group of painters painting together in Paris, London and Liverpool,
a musician who tunes into their movements. “While living
in Paris I was attracted to Bill Hayter, the fabulous etcher and
lived in New York and Paris. He had Jackson Pollok as his student
in New York and Viera de Silva in Paris.”
Fanchon Fröhlich (nee Angst) was a philosophy student at the University
of Chicago, where she worked with Rudolf Carnap (formerly of Vienna,
and the founder of the Vienna Circle) and Oxford where she studied
with Sir Prof. Peter Strawson, doing a doctorate in Primary and Secondary
Qualities. She studied at Liverpool College of Art, then moved to St
Ives to work with Peter Lanyon. Later she travelled to Paris where
she worked with the sculptor Szabo and finally studied at Stanley William
Hayter’s etching atelier, Atelier 17, all of the time preserving
her faith in Abstract Expressionism. Fanchon’s artwork unites
philosophy of science and art, evident for instance in the ‘Position
of Light in Art’ and the ‘Paradoxes of Abstract Expressionism
and Pop Art’ the book she co-edited with Sylvie La Search (who
was also a pupil of Hayter): ‘S.W. Hayter Research on Experimental
Drawing: Systems of Oscillating Fields’.
image, Derek Culley, " Journey West", acrylic
on canvas; Click thumbnail to enlarge.
"My approach to painting
is my approach to painting. I seek spontaneity in my work that is
moods, my emotions, and my response
to all that is beyond me and within me. My use of materials over the
years seems to bear a pattern. For sad heavy works I have a preference
for oils whilst for the more immediate works, I use Acrylic. I believe
an essential aspect of my work is composition and my adherence to a
commitment to structure. Colour plays an essential feature in my work.
For me colour is as inherent a feature in my work as is composition.
I rarely have a title for a work prior to execution as 90% of the time
my work is a subconscious reaction which finds a title on completion.
My reaction to a completed work is the title.....the journey's end
for that particular work (or the beginning of the journey!)." (Derek
Culley, April 2010)
Language of Colour'
Colour has been my chosen method of artistic self expression
for the last ten years
Through the language of abstract colour combinations I attempt to evoke
a glimpse of past experience. Using translucent paint is a means of
allowing the colour to build in intensity while also allowing the underplaying
mark-making to be seen.
Working on a large scale allows me to become absorbed into the colour and generates
an intuitive response allowing further creative development.
Printmaking formed a large part of my working process throughout my years at
University but I never had the same enthusiasm when leaving the easy access
to a printing press, upon graduating.
Working mostly upon canvas my method of painting in acrylics employs many aspects
of the printing process.
As well as using brushes to apply paint to the canvas I will pour, splash,
sponge and imprint colour. While the paint is wet (newspaper, tissue, net-
curtaining) is laid down onto the surface I then smooth over the surface and
lift the cover to reveal a method of marking-marking left on the wet surface.
The paper (tissue, curtaining) covered in the wet paint can then be re-applied
to the canvas in another area, thus I am in fact printing onto the canvas.
The wet paint is scored into, scraped away if dry. Paint is applied to the
surface of the canvas and can be scraped, scoured, sponged, wiped away or applied
in thick opaque areas to cover over the previous painting.
With colour I am attempting to convey my own experience of humanity. Using
the confines of the stretched canvas as the rigid boundary of my expression
I concern myself with the colour. Colour intensity develops within the translucent
Over several layers the colour develops intensity and allows me to become absorbed
into the colour."
based in Stoke-on-Trent, creates his work with pathos and love;
his solitary life style has resulted in an amazing quality
and quantity of art produced since late '70s.
Known for his wonderful sculpture, inspired initially by the modern sculptors
such as Brancusi, he has also been so prolific creating an amazing
body of work concluded in mixed media cycles, called ‘boxes’ by
the artist, hundreds of prints, paintings and most recently continuing
the assemblage style works.
The artist collects found objects and gives them a new meaning by transforming
them in assemblages, endless at number. I would interpret this very
purifying creative activity as a need for eternally changing the world
and energies around, by collecting from the environment abandoned objects
and giving them new life, but mostly a sense of ‘beauty’ and
continuity as contemporary icons with a restored significance and artistic
pulse. (Nicole Bartos, 2010)
detail, Nicole Bartos, 'Playing with Sound" 2010,
oil and mixed media on canvas. Click thumbnail to enlarge.
The rhythm and vibration of my work is determined by the levels of
energy and the waves of thought. By allowing space, energy and irrational
expressions, of the subconscious mind, to take form through the tip
of each brush or painting knife, meditation follows; I relax and certainly
heal. These exercises coming from an awareness or 'mimicry' of a certain
feeling are mostly performed in silence or, accompanied by classical
music. (…) I am fascinated by abstract art as I acknowledge it
as a mirror expression or open door towards the inner and higher self
of the artist. An amazing experience to engage into and reflect on,
wonder…” Artist and curator born in Romania, and based
in Liverpool.” ( Nicole Bartos, 2009-2010)
Inspired by myth, storytelling and found treasure, she creates abstract
2D sculpture reflecting emotional and physical landscapes.She
works with community groups and art collectives and also collaborates
musicians, poets as Ms Machina.
Kaety Moore is a visual artist based in Casa de Brujas (Arena),
Studious, Liverpool; studied Fine Art at the Liverpool Art School
Winston Patrick Lawson
Visual artist born in Ireland and living in Liverpool. During ‘90s
he has exhibited in The Ulster Museum from Belfast. His art stretches
between Gauguin-ian and Chagall-ian colour spectrums and Michelangelo’ inspired
expressive drawings; both, abstract and figurative, Patrick’s
work is full of silent but also joyous vibration. (Nicole Bartos, 2010)
"My vision is to create work that is more than simply surface design, work
with a fresh contemporary style that also encapsulates a feeling of history and
longevity. I want my designs to have the same effect as the great music,
art and literature of the past – to sit in the subconscious and resonate
with the viewer now and into the future.
In a world where urban life and man-made structures continually collide with
the organic shapes of nature, my aim is to abstract and reconstruct these elements
to create an eclectic montage of work that brings harmony and balance into
the contemporary environment." ( Danny Hampson)
Hampson was born in Liverpool in 1957. His father was
an enthusiastic amateur photographer. His mother and closest
relatives exhibited no artistic inclination. Danny’s
parents divorced when he was six years old and his Mum, stepfather,
and sister moved to a new town – bright, modern and
futuristic – in 1970. In this environment of heavy
rock, glam rock, modern architecture and new art forms, he started
his creative inclinations through music and art. From the
mid 1970s to the early 90s, music was his primary artistic pursuit.
In 1981 Danny’s band, Modern Eon signed to the record label Dindisc. One
LP and three singles later, the band split. In the late 90s (several
musical adventures later), Danny lost his passion for creating music. Art
became his number one passion.
Danny's passion for printmaking gained him a degree in Print Media
(Surface Design) from the London College of Printing. Working
primarily in the digital environment, he has developed the perfect
alternative to traditional print media. His strong and distinctive
style fuses multiple layers of textures and line drawings to create
vibrant abstract digital collages.
WHAT IS GICLEE?
A giclee (pronounced zhee-clay), is an individually produced, high-resolution,
high-fidelity production done on a special large format printer. These
technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints.
Using light-resistant UV inks that could potentially last for more
than 75 years
and printed on to heavy-weight archival paper, the quality of giclee
unmatched by commercial printers. The prints retain all the
hue and tones of the
original image with more variation in colours and scope of depth keeping
reproductions vibrant and as intended when created.
The latest independent test results indicate life expectancy of up
to 200 years
for some giclee prints.
Works and lives in Liverpool. Since a number of years now, he has been
experimenting with painting and mixed media; his painting is like
a burning fire. It keeps you warm and inspires meditation but also,
speaks of an inner spiritual flame that is alive and expressed within
his work. (Nicole Bartos, 2010)
"My painting style is partly influenced
by my early experience as a scenic artist with the National Theatre
during their early years
at the Old Vic Theatre, with its emphasis on a free, broad and very
large scale dramatic use of both colour and textural effects, and partly
by my training and working for some years as an architect in Liverpool,
with its emphasis on a more disciplined, balanced and formal composition.
Since retiring from architecture some years ago, I have devoted more
time to painting, mainly abstract, but also occasional landscapes.
I have exhibited occasionally around Liverpool, with the University Art
Group, June Furlong's Merseyside Artists exhibitions, Liverpool
Academy of Arts, and
more recently the recent abstract art exhibition ("Thinking Abstract")
at Gallery4allarts, the Old Police Station. Also I have some paintings on long
term exhibition at Keith's wine bar just across the road!"( Chris Butler,