Artist Ben Johnson is now in residence in the Walker Art Gallery to complete his Liverpool Cityscape in front of the general public. (From Jan 28 to Mar 7 2008)
The awe-inspiring artwork promises to be an important and memorable legacy for Liverpool during this exciting point in its history.
The monumental painting has been commissioned by National Museums Liverpool, with the Liverpool Culture Company and Professor Phil Redmond CBE and Mrs Alexis Redmond.
We called in today and I managed to interview Ben. You should be able to hear a podcast of the interview in the next few days on the defnetmedia podcast site. Its all very fascinating, an awful lot of work has gone into this, Ben estimates it would have taken 18 years if one artist had been working entirely on his own.
The public will not be able to get really close up until the completed painting goes on show from May 24 2008.
A series of free public talks by the artist run throughout the residency. Please check the website or call the information desk for further details.
The finished painting will be on display in the exhibition Ben Johnson’s Liverpool Cityscape 2008 and the World Panorama Series from 24 May to 2 November 2008 at the Walker Art Gallery. The exhibition will display The Liverpool Cityscape alongside Johnson’s other world cities series of paintings, including images of Zürich, Hong Kong and Chicago. This will be the first time that these works are exhibited together.
The painting will eventually be on permanent display at the Museum of Liverpool in 2010/11
The exhibition has been sponsored by the University of Liverpool. Others who have supported the commission include David M Robinson, Liverpool Vision, Northwest Regional Development Agency, Ethel Austin Property Group, Barbara A McVey and Rensburg Sheppards
There is a webcam on the Walker site too.