Elaine Preece Stanley & Claire McCarthy-
A Sense of Place
Private View 5.30-8.00pm 7th December – until 7th January
We are excited to have the opportunity to show the work of two artists who are both producing exceptional paintings. Their work sits very comfortably together showing similar influences but different subject matter. The work, though sometimes displaying an international theme, is rooted in their native Liverpool.
Elaine Preece Stanley was born in 1970 in Huyton, Liverpool. She studied and gained a BA at Liverpool Hope University before exhibiting in Cheshire and Liverpool galleries.
In 2013 Elaine was elected a member of The Royal Cambrian Academy Conwy, Wales. She regularly exhibits with them and participates with projects involved with the RCA such as LLAWN. Elaine was selected for the ING Discerning Eye competition in 2016 (exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London)
“These paintings are mostly of landscapes using oil on canvas or board. The landscapes are of places I have visited often from childhood to present day. It is part of a process of interaction between past and present – memories and experiences.”
Claire McCarthy was born and raised in Liverpool. In 2001 she received a BA Honours in Fine Art (major) with Psychology from Liverpool University, by attending Liverpool Hope University College
Claire has exhibited at the 2012 Threadneedle Prize – Mall Galleries and her first major solo show was at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum in 2017. She has appeared in group exhibitions at the Lancashire Open Chapel Gallery; Corke Gallery; Bridewell Studios & Gallery; Editions Gallery, Art Room Gallery and Cornerstone Gallery from 2001 – 2017.
From May 2016 until this spring, Claire boarded the local Mersey Ferries and landing stages challenging herself to build a fresh portfolio from ‘plein air’ painting. This work captures the turbulent and restless nature of the River Mersey as well as its serenity and natural rhythms.
“The paintings vary from watercolours which are mere wisps of colour to big bold canvases, these extremes reflecting the range of life and industry of the river in all its moods.”