Independents Biennial Exhibition
1st Floor Gostins Building, 32-36 Hanover Street, L1 4LN
18th September until 16th October 2010
Artists participating Karen Brookman, Lorna Bruce, Michelle Campbell,
John Chatterton, Mary Christie, Emma Dalton, Anna DiScala, Dave Ellison,
Gerard Fleming, Danny Hampson, Lee Kendall, James Lavott, Lauren Piercy,
Micheline Robinson, Anita Smith, Keith F Smith and Oke Ugonna.
Walking into Gostins last night, I heard the quiet chatting and observed
the long corridor of people who come together to celebrate the exhibitions
held here on a regular basis.
A friendly atmosphere, I had a glass of wine and wandered round to look
at the artworks.
I was impressed by some of the jewel like images. 'Goldtop' by Dave Ellison
had a beauty and ellegance. There was a certain kind of visionary and
pastoral theme running through some of these works, reminding me a little
of the artist Samuel Palmer or even 18th century landscape artists.
As well as some daring and evocative paintings by James Lovot, I found
myself drawn to some beautiful small photographs and drawings. I was impressed
by the watercolour of Liverpool Town Hall so delicately executed. I thought
for a moment that it was a photograph, although not trying to be a photograph
it stood on its own ground, very original as well as a lovely drawing
of Harrington Chambers, a charming framed sketch by Keith Smith. A vivid
and intimate photograph of St Georges Hall from St John's Gardens, one
of my favourite views and places to relax in Liverpool by Anita Smith
also caught my attention.
Lovely to see these image of Liverpool and I must not forget the haunting
scene of William Brown Street, 'A Foggy Night' by Gerard Fleming. All
in all an exhibition that reminds people that a street scene, an image
of a building, an architectural sketch can still stand their own ground
amongst the challenging and ever changing works that are often exhibited.
An enjoyable viewing.