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Showing posts from October, 2016

'Mixed Exhibition' at Newave Gallery!

Newave are currently hosting the 'Mixed Exhibition' comprising a wide range of work from a variety of artists. Every wall is filled with work, all of which is for sale should you be in the market for an original painting or two!

I usually find with mixed shows you get some really great stand out work and a few middle of the road pieces but the 'Mixed Exhibition' has been well curated and brings a huge amount of diversity to the walls of the gallery. You'll find Ade Adesina's incredible black and white etchings, far away streets by Lindsay Lavender, alien like landscapes by Tomasz Wrobel, incredible architectural line work by Emily Moore and a fine range of work in between. Its great to recognise some of the art from previous Newave exhibitions, its been a long slog but all their hard work of setting up and running the gallery seems to be leading towards an even better run of exhibitions for the coming the year while also creating an accessible platform to emerg…

'The Sum Of The Parts' by Julia Gardiner at RGU!

'The Sum Of The Parts' is currently on show at RGU's River Side East Building or now dubbed The Sir Ian Wood Building. Curated by RGU's Art & Heritage Collections department, the show brings together a substantial body of work by Grays alumni Julia Gardiner. Julia has been creating her unique paper works for almost 30 years and has mastered the art of making her own paper which she layer's up to create incredibly beautiful work which is very pleasing to the eye. Straddling the line between fine art, 3D design and sculpture, each piece is meticulously organised and harmonious with a natural colour palette which add an organic feel to the show. Read the full blurb about Julia below.

"Julia Gardiner originally trained as a printmaker at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen and The Royal College of Art, London, however, even in these early years she leant towards the layered, the constructed and the three dimensional. Her Degree Show in 1986 was an installation featu…

'Threads' by Kelly-Anne Cairns at The Rendezvous Gallery!

On the same evening as the 'Creature Comforts' opening I found myself biking down to the Rendezvous Gallery beside my old school playing fields. Its a gallery I've often walked past and they usually have some stunning work on display but I'd never managed to venture in. That is until a new friend whom I met at the All The Young Nudes life drawing class mentioned she was having an exhibition and invited me down. And having seen Kelly's life drawing skills I was expecting some to see some beautiful work but her paintings go way beyond a few complimentary words.

'Threads' brings together a selection of paintings and life drawing studies which share a moment in time, what that moment is I'm not sure. It could be the calm before the storm perhaps. Each figure has a subtle edge which is intriguing and somewhat captivating. I found out that a lot of the paintings are actually of a mutual friend who poses for Kelly on a regular basis. I make a huge effort to try…