Leslie Briggs: Face and Places
, Huyton Library, L36 9GD
Till 14th May 2016
'Face and Places' is a new exhibition at Huyton Gallery by local artist
Leslie Briggs. Briggs' work has already been selected for exhibitions
around the North West and has led to him winning a number of awards, most
recently 'Adult Visual Artist of the Year'. This is his first solo exhibition.
On show are a selection of works capturing special places and people
in Briggs' life. The back wall was adorned with acrylics of sights around
Liverpool. There is the obligatory waterfront scene and an eerie night
time landscape of Halton Castle.
But it is in the portraits that Briggs' true talent lies.
The pieces are largely in oil and of impressive detail. There are a few
celebrity works mixed in throughout the gallery. There is, unfortunately,
a huge familiar portrait of the Queen greeting you as you enter. A few
Hollywood starlets are smattered around the gallery – a demure looking
Audrey Hepburn sits close to Marilyn Monroe and shaven headed Scarlett
Johanssen in their usual voluptuous glory.
As well as two Freudian Mark Knopfler paintings – one showing him
playing his guitar like it was an extension of his body, and the next
showing him sitting proudly by said guitar.
But the pictures that really took me where the ones of his family and
friends - all candid works capturing simple moments in life. Some are
in the form of classic portraits you might see coming out of a photographers
studio – head and shoulder pieces in both colour and black and white.
Like 'Taylor'' showing a beautiful girl staring out from the canvas at
you. Or 'Sarah' and 'Lily', both showing women caught in though, both
encapsulating a mundane moment in time perfectly.
My favourite had to be 'Sharon'. It shows a woman lying on the couch
staring out of the fourth wall. There is something about it that attracted
me with its simplicity.
I truly enjoyed the exhibition. Briggs is a talented artist and his works
Admission is free and continues until the 14th of May.