|PAINTING OPEN '23
|19/1/23 - 28/1/23
|The OUTPUT open returns, this time featuring six fantastic painters with connections to the Liverpool region: Louis Jeck Prestidge, Ryan Murphy, Anna Loy, Sarah Gilman, Luke George & Luke Skiffington.
Painting is in rude health in Liverpool at the moment, and we’re
delighted to bring together these artists, all at different stages of
their career, whose work can further expose the depth and variety of
creativity coming from the region.
note: This exhibition takes place at the Bridewell Studios &
Gallery, which is situated at 101 Prescot St, Liverpool L7 8UL - just
opposite the old Royal Hospital - while our Seel St. site is closed for
a bit of a facelift. The Bridewell is closed Monday to Wednesday.
Opening hours Thursday - Sunday are 12pm - 4pm.
an old police station (complete with cells) since 1976, the Bridewell
offers affordable studio rent and gallery hire. Following a recent
refurbishment of their main gallery, the Bridewell has re-established
itself as a vital part of our contemporary arts scene with a series of
exhibitions from emerging and mid-career artists.
The exhibition kicks off with a Private View at 6pm on Thursday, January 19th and continues until January 29th.
Keep scrolling to meet the artists...
|LOUIS JECK PRESTIDGE
In his highly precise and skilled paintings, Louis playfully explores a
subjects and imagery appropriated from film and TV history, including
the artefacts of this research - such as VCR timecodes, and image
distortion. In adapting scenes from his own self-filmed video works,
Louis additionally casts himself in his paintings alongside historical
and cultural figures like Toyah Wilcox and John F Kennedy, exploring a
relationship between media, memory and how we view ourselves. Louis
graduated from Wirral Met College in 2017 and he was recently a part of
the exhibition Refractive Pool at the Walker Art Gallery.
Anna’s self-taught artistic practice has run concurrently with her
musical interests; she currently studies trombone at the Royal Welsh
College of Music and Drama. She has always been drawn to portraiture as
a subject, and the challenge of capturing someone’s essence and
emotions through their face. Alongside her music studies, Anna began
uploading her work to TikTok and repeatedly went viral with videos
sitting at over 1 million views. This has led to prints and commissions
from the UK and worldwide, and a recent project with Tate Gallery.
Luke Skiffington’s distinctive paintings explore the boundaries between
technology and the individual. Luke repeatedly returns to the subject
of the first computer generated animation of a human face (made in 1974
by Frederic Parke), which often meet the viewer’s gaze atop sculptural
‘bodies’ in the gallery space. Other sculptural and installation
elements are complemented by large-scale canvasses depicting abstracted
window frames and other suggestions of the urban environment. These
fictive, oddly familiar spaces become a space to consider the impact of
colour and gestural mark-making. Luke studied at Goldsmiths and Chelsea
College of Art, returning recently to Liverpool, and since exhibiting
his work in Refractive Pool at the Walker Gallery, solo exhibition
Telephonic Workshop at Mirabel Studios, Manchester and launching a
project space, 50 MV.
Sarah’s painting practice explores the relationship between still life
painting and trompe l'oeil - a French term meaning ‘to deceive the
eye’ which is used to describe paintings intended to fool the viewer
into believing they are ‘real’ objects. Influenced by the paintings of
17th century still-life painters, such as Cornelius Gijsbrechts and
Samuel van Hoogstraten, Gilman’s paintings wittily explore the
quotidian life of the artist - creased pictures tacked up on studio
walls, strips of masking tape and hard plastic chairs. Sarah studied
Fine Art Painting (BA Hons) at University Centre St Helens and
graduated in 2018 with First Class Honours. Since graduating she has
exhibited widely both locally and nationally, is part of a number of
private collections and was awarded First Prize at St Helens Open Arts
George’s large, experimental and complex paintings combine iconography
with abstraction in shifting fields of dense mark-making, with a
distinctively soft palette that makes them all the more inviting. Luke
is currently studying towards an MA in Painting at the Manchester
School of Art.
Ryan’s exploratory practice takes inspiration from historical art
movements and his relationship with music as a multi-instrumentalist
and singer-songwriter. His highly colourful works toy with
impressionism, minimalism, geometric abstraction and interpret musical
concepts like rhythm, harmony and melody; the resulting compositions
are balanced, lively and diverse with frequent references to the works
of Matisse, Cézanne, Degas and other artists of their era. Ryan
recently presented his first solo exhibition 'Les Fenêtres' at The
Royal Standard, Liverpool.