at 'The Gallery'
41 Stanhope St, Liverpool L8
Till 20th August 2010
The Gallery is rapidly becoming one of the most successful independent
art spaces in the North West. The selection of works in the current group
exhibition, though eclectic, demonstrates the consistency of quality which
has continued since the venue opened, just a few months ago.
Among the established artists showing is Martin Jones, whose acrylic
paintings indicate a broad range and ability. Perhaps best known for his
illustrative and fantasy pieces, works such as his 'View of Three Graces'
prove his more traditional painterly skills; while 'Graduation', one of
his popular tree paintings, is executed in his own inimitable style.
George Jones (no relation!) is well known for his dynamic illustrations
and cartoons, particularly those in his own version of the modern Japanese
style. More surprising to find here are his witty and beautifully-finished
cartoons and drawings in pen and watercolour.
Photography seems to be an area which proves difficult to sell. Yet Anita
Smith's moody and atmospheric landscapes (photograph above) are well worth
taking the time to look at in depth. She has an unusual eye for colour
combinations and has captured these with precision.
Keith Smith (relation - her husband!) is a prolific and successful painter,
specialising in local scenes. Many of his portrayals of Liverpool architecture
and street scenes have already been sold, but those remaining are well
Some distinct schools of painting are on show here. Anna di Scala's statement
says that Picasso is an influence; but her acrylic-on-canvas nudes here
are distinctly in the style of Modigliani
Keeping fans of Cubism happy is Charlie Frais, his intricate paintings
revealing the 'shapes within shapes' this artist is known for. There has
been much interest in 'Forgive me for the sins done in my name', where,
on closer study, the political and/ or religious overtones present in
much of his work become more overt.
Micheline Robinson' s brightly-coloured works often convey a sense of
optimism and hope. Her painstakingly constructed, mixed-media-on-canvas
'Love of life' and 'In the beginning', in oil and acrylic (unusually)
charmingly combine a childlike atmosphere with a clear and mature style.
Other well-known artists showing include Sophie Green, Clifford Sayer,
Peter Cameron, Christine Enright, Mike Kirby, Pete Lynes, Edna Stewart,
James Cosgrove, Denise Nuttall and Sharon Bentley. Many have prints available
as well as original paintings or drawings. Lots of pieces have already
been sold which, in these times, is a strong indicator of the quality
of the work.