Christine Enright - FrankChristine Enright, Jamie Kenten

Liverpool Academy of Arts, Seel Street
6th-16th November 2007

Reviewed by Claudia Tanner

Resident artist Christine Enright presents My Space Heroes, a diverse collection of book illustrations, cartoons and portraiture, including a piece entitled 'Ken Dodd's Dad's Dog's Dead'. Try saying that after a few.

They’re a close-knit bunch at the Academy, and Christine has produced two beautiful oil portraits of her fellow artists. She captures Frank Hendry, well known locally for his Liverpool scenes, as he paints intently, creating intensity and depth through light and shadow. There is also a striking portrait of sculptor Terry McDonald, who has worked on many landmarks in the city including the Anglican Cathedral. A stunning portrayal of her niece, with intense sea-green eyes and beautiful sun-kissed hair, makes me want to commission a portrait in the hope she could work that magic on me.

Her illustrations and cartoons are equally impressive, proving her versatility as an artist. She really captures children’s imagination with I hate Veg, depicting a little girl grimacing at a plate of slugs and snails. Christine is currently writing and illustrating her own children’s book.

Jamie Kenten - TupacSteps is the first exhibition by Jamaican Jamie Kenten at the Academy. His work is inspired by his love of music, the world and the people that surround him. Many of his attention-grabbing paintings are scenes of parties and nightclubs with a happy, fun vibe, jam-packed with bright primary colours. There are a few good portraits here too including Tupac and Mohammed Ali.

Some works are unremarkable, but many reveal a promising artist. Party Fever is one that stands out, showing the toned and sexy torsos of young black men and women dancing closely. He also utilises an effective texturising technique in his waterfront scenes.

The Academy is a haven for local artists, yet sadly faces an uncertain fate at its temporary residence at 32 Seel Street. Opening times are Monday to Friday, 12pm to 4pm. For more information visit

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