Unity Theatre, Hope Place
28th February - 1st April 2006 (during opening hours)
The latest art exhibition in the Unity is a collection of works by Eric
Orme. There is a large selection of his art on show of varying shapes
and sizes though most are paintings onto a variety of media, including
good old canvas on occasion.
I would describe the work as abstract or expressionistic; essentially
they are based around couler, texture and shape rather than form or content.
He uses a selection of earthy and dark colours; browns, blacks and blues
and contrasts them with a large amount of white. The most thought seems
to be given to the textures of the work, with the focus of the art based
round the blobs, lines and crosses that rise out of often flat and worn
backgrounds. ‘Lid 1’ and ‘Lid 2’ follow this scheme
but in an interesting use of recycling they are painted on large, used
The pictures on show are to an extent visually stimulating but the large
number of works varies little and seems to offer little in either visual
interest or anything else beyond inoffensive background decoration.