Here’s some bright,warm paintings to cheer us up on these cold, dark Winter days, this solo show by Wirral-based Grahame Ashcroft fills a large room at the Williamson Gallery. Well worth a visit, it’ll bring a smile to your face and wipe Birkenhead’s gloomy skies from your mind.
The artist describes his working process:
Truman Capote said, My life as an artist, at least can be charted as precisely as a fever: the highs and lows, the very definite cycles. I know what he meant. Inspiration comes and goes – interests germinate and blossom, fade and die away, only to be replaced by fresh blooms – but the compulsion to work remains fairly constant. Sometimes, I feel as though Im on a treadmill; at other times, the paintings seem to paint themselves. I never know when a paintings finished. No bells ring. I simply realise Ive begun thinking about the next one.
‘A Private View’ by Grahame Ashcroft
at the Williamson in association with Dot-Art
14 November – 24 December 2009