3rd of April - 15th of May 2010
new art exhibition & launch of ‘Gallery 2’

Christine O'Reilly Wilson, Derek Culley, Fanchon Frohlich, Danny Hampson

Saturday 3rd of April 2010, 12-4pm - a new abstract exhibition opens at Gallery4allarts, to celebrate the launching of its new gallery space, ‘Gallery 2’.
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, Kirkdale, St. Helens): Fanchon Fröhlich, Alex Simpson, Derek Culley, Nicole Bartos, Christine O' Reilly Wilson, Danny Hampson, Winston Patrick Lawson, Kathy Moore and others.

Please, browse below 'Curator's notes and artists' statements'.

Exhibition 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).

Gallery4allarts contact and addresses (2 galleries):
80 Lark Lane,
The Old Police Station,
L17 8UU,

Opening times - Gallery 1:
Tues - Wends-Thurs 3.00pm - 5.30pm;
Friday, Saturday 12.00am - 5.00pm
Closed: Monday, Sunday.

The Old Police Station
4 Sefton Grove,
L17 8XB

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 appointment.
Tel: 07756912911
Email: info@gallery4allarts.com
Website: www.gallery4allarts.com


Artists' statements and curator's notes

"…pure 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)

Fanchon Fröhlich

Work Image, Fanchon Frohlich, Oil on canvas. Click thumbnail to enlarge.

Artist and 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, with a musician who tunes into their movements. “While living in Paris I was attracted to Bill Hayter, the fabulous etcher and painter who 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’.

Derek Culley

Work 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 reflective of my 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)


Christine O'Reilly Wilson

'The Language of Colour'

"Painting Colour has been my chosen method of artistic self expression for the last ten years or so.
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 layers.
Over several layers the colour develops intensity and allows me to become absorbed into the colour."

(Christine O’Reilly Wilson, 2010)


Alex Simpson

Alex Simpson, 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)


Nicole Bartos

Work 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)

Kaety Moore

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 with 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 2004. (Kaety Moore, 2010)


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)


Danny Hampson

"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)

Danny 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 to explore 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.

A giclee (pronounced zhee-clay), is an individually produced, high-resolution,
high-fidelity production done on a special large format printer.  These modern
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 prints is
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original image with more variation in colours and scope of depth keeping the
reproductions vibrant and as intended when created.

The latest independent test results indicate life expectancy of up to 200 years
for some giclee prints.


Chris Butler
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, 20












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