Merry in the Mocha exhibition
3 – 28 December 2009
The Exhibition features the work of: Frank De Castro, Maria Finnigan, Mike Gill, Madelaine Murthwaite, Stephen Collett and John Fillis.
Frank De Castro:
BURMOUSERS OR SCOUSESE?
The artist’s aim is a pictorial study of immigration, integration and assimilation through the experiences of his own family.
A collection of paintings tracing the journey of an Anglo-Burmese family of mixed British/European and Burmese ancestry, uprooted because of racial intolerance, persecution and war.
Beginning in British ruled Burma of the 1940’s, through the Japanese invasion and occupation, Burmese independence and the subsequent rejection of all things British or not Burmese, civil war and the military dictatorship.
Their emigration to India in 1950, return to Burma the following year and finally their arrival in Liverpool in 1957, ensured that the whole process of integration and gaining acceptance would continue.
Although unlikely to return to their country of origin, following the systematic erasure of their existence and racial classification by the Burmese military, they are nevertheless ‘happy and proud to be Burmese Scousers’.
Marie has recently graduated from the University of Central Lancashire. This is her first exhibition in Liverpool. Marie will be creating all new works, unshackled from the restraints of exam exhibition.
Mike will be showing a series of works reflecting a spiritual journey in Liverpool, through acrylic on canvass.
Madelaine from Madelainartze, Clayton Square will be displaying her portraits of famous people.
International artist who is currently showing in exhibitions at “The Atrium” and St Georges Hall.
John Fillis: (Picture: “oooooooooooh” charcoal on concrete 20 x 16 )
John has developed a series of new works called “The story of oh”. He has applied concrete on canvass bored, then stained with natural colours, and depicted in charcoal, producing a cave man, back to basic drawing aura. John then applies the original human sound of “oh” in a phonetic form covering the needs of eat, sex, run and mine, as a single sound with multi meanings, as titles.