Kirkby Gallery: Steve Randall, Kirkby Chronicles
Venue: Kirkby Gallery
Dates: 05/07/2021 - 28/08/2021
Times: All Day
Steve Randall is a self-taught artist born in Liverpool in 1968.
His move into the creative world, triggered by a life changing event in 2014, came as a big surprise to his family and friends and a massive shock to him.
This selection of oil paintings celebrates Steve’s growing up in Kirkby and tells a very personal story, a story Steve lays out in the Kirkby Chronicles book which he has written to accompany them.
Steve sees the work as the external portrayal of happy times; bright representations of my childhood, played out in a town I loved and with people I understood. Yet it is painfully clear that I paint in a style that gives me solace.
I’m very proud of the Kirkby I grew up in and although I haven’t lived here since 1985 I will always consider Kirkby my home and still feel loyal to people I haven’t seen in over 30 years.
As I paint the perspective of the street, I see myself coming back around many corners… this dull estate, with the homogeneous pebble dashed prison officers’ houses, was actually a cacophony of colour and noise. Joyous noise and hundreds of coming-of-age stories.
It’s impossible for me to ever run out of painting material; every memory leads onto another more random than the last and connects me deep to an overriding sense of belonging. This was the time I felt most safe. Those Kirkby streets were a protection against an outside world of which I knew nothing. If it’s strange to think of blocks of brick as beautiful then I’m very strange.
Opening hours until 28th August are Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, 10am – 4pm. Visits to the gallery can be booked via emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0151 443 4936