Terry Sullivan Retrospective

Cornerstone Gallery
8th June – 17th August 2007

Reviewed by Helen Grey

Terry Sullivan – born in South Wales in 1940 – presents five decades of his art in the collection Retrospective. Each wall in the Cornerstone is home to a selection of art from a different decade. Terry’s style is very much abstract and it is through this medium that he explores “the conflicts and harmonies of the man made and natural forms.” This theme is most evident in his work from the 1960s – here his paintings depict a large industrial furnace and large boards of abstract shapes in greys, browns and blacks.

His works from the 1970s show Terry beginning to embrace colour, he uses bright primary colours again in abstract form. The use of colour continues in the 1980s with a move towards the use of neon flashes. This work is also moving away from the definite shapes of his 1970s work, to more fluid lines.

His strongest work comes in the 1990s, when he has produced large acrylic paintings – still abstract but with more blends of colour that are accompanied by slightly more defined shapes that peak through. The collection from the 2000s see Terry combine his efforts to produce large acrylics that use neon alongside more mute blended colours.

This is a good collection of abstract work – a style that doesn’t normally appeal to me. Though one tip is to look at them from a distance as this helps you to see the overall affect. A worthwhile exhibition to visit.

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Comment left by Ellie-Rose Turner on 22nd November, 2007 at 16:37
Terry Sullivan is my grandad and I am so proud of him to be my grandad Well done Gramps

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