Landscapes and Views – Past & Present at Corke Gallery

Chris Bennett


Independents-logo-150Another good 1 week show at Corke Gallery. Nic Corke has written some fine words about each artist which I’ll reproduce here (makes my job easier).

Landscapes and Views – Past & Present at Corke Gallery
26 – 30 October 2010

Scenes in and around Liverpool captured in acrylics, oils and watercolours.

Prices start at £75 and rise to £5,000 for Chris Bennett’s incredible 8 foot long drawing of Kensington which is Hogarth for the 21 century – featuring all manner of characters and activities you would expect to be going on in one of Liverpool’s ‘challenged’ districts – it has to be seen to be believed – there is nothing like it in the Biennial that captivates the viewer or has the same wow factor.

Fátima Ballesteros Larrotcha from Spain has created a 6ft triptych of the Mersey waterfront during her three month stay in Liverpool along with street paintings of Dale Street and Bold Street.

Paul Gent has created for the exhibition twenty 20cm x 20cm illustrated scenes of Liverpool on recycled materials using cut down laminated floor boards and found wallpaper which have already proved popular and been selling before the exhibition opened!

Peter Philip’s painting from the 1980’s of the Studio 123 building which later became the 051 Club across the road from the Adelphi is a large canvass that is striking in its use of colour and Peter’s careful and considered style of painting and use of vibrant colours has captured it brilliantly.  Peter has also created a large panoramic view of Liverpool 1 half built in pencil which is striking and a reminder of how much building work was involved and how many cranes dotted the landscape during 2008.

Mike Hatjoullis’s paintings of views across the Liverpool Marina and the Mersey are bright and colourful and feature the Anglican Cathedral and a view right down the Mersey from the Mersey View above Frodsham.

Peter Betts ink and wash drawings includes a view from the old Court (next to the Walker Art gallery) before the Empire Theatre knocked down the Legs of Man pub along with several other local landmarks.

Jon Pountain‘s large, atmospheric paintings of Lodge Lane fast food outlets and the Pivvy are beautifully painted and make you feel as though you are standing outside on a dark wet night looking at the bright, fluorescent buildings piercing the surrounding gloom.

Deborah Butler’s abstract paintings feature various views of the Mersey waterfront looking towards the Wirral and beyond plus a new large painting of Liverpool’s waterfront which takes in the new high rise towers by the Cruise Liner terminal and everything down to the Albert Dock.

Joel Bird has a unique layered style all of his own which he has used to create paintings of the Liver Buildings, Sefton Park Palm House and the Albert Dock as you have never seen them interpreted before.

Ken Bullock has created an abstract of a view of Garston Dock’s with the cranes and dock walls portayed vibrant colours.

Ten artists and 53 paintings and drawings are included in this exhibition  plus I am delighted to still have eight of John Vesty’s beautiful nudes on show in the side gallery space along with a couple of Simon A Yorke’s awesome abstract impressionist paintings.

Open: Tuesday – Friday (14.00 – 18.00), Saturday (10.00 – 14.00). Closed Sun – Mon.
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Jon Pountain and Fátima Ballesteros Larrotcha

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Paul Gent and Peter Philip