It was a pleasure to attend the openings of two exhibitions in Manchester last week (28th September). The first show was curated by Contemporary Six in central Manchester. The show was the work of Jean Hobson. It was an exhibition of two parts – 1) Graphite pencil drawing and 2) Naive stylised paintings using high tonal values of vivid colour. Essentially Jean had set out to document the old industrial buildings and then as a contrast paint the new dynamic energy of the City of Manchester, hence the high colour toned work. The show was curated to the normal high standards of the Galleries owner (Alex Reuben) and very well attended. As the editor of painters Tubes I decided to experiment by using our new video recorder to document the atmosphere of the exhibition, the video is currently being knocked into shape – so stay tuned..
The second exhibition I attended was at the Cheshire Art Gallery in Bramhall, which is about 25 minutes away on a train from Manchester City centre – This was a solo exhibition for my friend Dave Coulter – An artist who has been painting the streets of Manchester and Salford for nigh-on 70 years. Dave has changed his style recently and his work is now created with a more open brush work style, broader colour application and stronger contrasting tone and less detail than his previous work. It was a bit of dash to get over to the opening on time, but I made it for exactly 7.30pm – which was great as the bulk of the guests had arrived. Again I tried out the new Video camera and hopefully our production team can tag the vid’s together, as one presentation, which we can then embed onto our Free to Read on Line Magazine – This is a new feature for us, and one we are very excited about to offer as a service for Galleries and Artists in the UK.
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It was a great show and I was delighted to have been asked to write the catalogue introduction which discussed Dave’s work, which I hope gave visitors a greater understanding of what lies behind the excellent paintings hung on the Gallery wall – And displayed in the Wine Bar (Blanc de Blancs) opposite the Gallery. The idea to ‘extend’ exhibitions into wine bar is to be a regular bonus ‘hang’ for the Cheshire Art Galleries stable of artists and one I approve of – as it not only allows greater space to see the work, but also it is a perfect was to enjoy a glass or two of good wine 🙂
all the best and cheers guys…Denis
“Two galleries in one night” post – Attended by Denis Taylor, Editor for painters Tubes magazine. For more info on both these great shiws please click the links to the Galleries websites.