Academy of Arts, 36 Seel Street
Monday - Friday, 12pm to 4pm, until 18 March
'Collidoscope' is a collective of eleven North West based artists, whose
exhibition is currently being shown at The Liverpool Academy of Arts.
Artists on display use a variety of different media and encompass a diverse
range of styles and genre. The range of work includes use of photography,
painting and ceramics, pursuing the central theme of ‘the development
of colour and tone.’
As with most group exhibitions the quality and characteristic of work
varies both within the work of individual artists and the group as a whole.
Gail Hayes’ ceramic clay pieces inspired by the human form, posses
an organic natural quality, akin to the abstract work of Marie McGowan.
These textural paintings appear to capture the essence of their titles
through use of colour; Fire, Ice and Sand predominantly depicting tones
of blue and silver with hints of gold and Autumn Equinox, using the tonal
range of brown, red and yellow.
The work of McGowan and that of Sue Yoosawai more obviously than the
other artists involved, represent the central motif of the exhibition.
The exploration of colour and tone is clearly portrayed in her series
of Paint Box Studies.
Landscape is also a dominant theme, from the simple picturesque watercolour
paintings of Ann Harrison to the beautiful photographs of the North Wales
countryside by Tony Griffiths. Griffiths' compositions, along with the
large 'ink-on-canvas' portraits by Simon MacBryde are to me the most striking
and accomplished pieces on display.
This exhibition has a key balance, for those who merely wish to browse
there is something to suit every taste and for those who wish to buy there
is something to accommodate every pocket.