Colourists Exhibition at Saul Hay brings Summer to Manchester

Colour, Its All About Us


Pete Hoida – ‘Hurricane Lamp’ Acrylic on Canvas. Saul Hay Gallery. Image: Brian Wild

Colour, it’s a major factor in our lives. Designers are paid amazing amounts of money to create the right atmosphere in everything from shops, restaurants and offices to our homes. Its been proved to affect our moods, reaction to stress and our health. So, seeing the title, I was really looking forward to the preview of Saul Hay’s fourth exhibition ‘Colour & I Are One’ at their Castlefield Gallery last week. The title coming from Paul Klee who exclaimed “Colour and I are one. I am a painter” after a trip to Tunisia in 1914 .


Colour & I Are One

Running from 20th May – 16th July,  the group exhibition by seven colourists celebrates colour through painting, sculpture and film.

With sculptures by Welshman Gareth Griffiths and Northern Ireland’s  Royal Society Fellow Patricia Volk, Film and artworks by Teesides Sabrina Schmid, and paintings by Birkenhead born,Pete Hoida, MMU graduate and Manchester based, Karol Kochanowski, Knutsford’s  James Roper and Walsalls New Gallery Director Stephen Snoddy, this promised to be a true riot of colour.

Pete Hoida – ‘City Sun’ 2015-2016. ‘Big City’ 2015, ‘Iron City’ 2016 ‘Yellow Shift’ 2016. All Acrylic on Canvas Saul Hay Gallery. Image: Brian Wild


Sabina Schmid – ‘abstract red – green’ 2017, ‘abstract blue – black’ 2017 Digital Prints Saul Hay Gallery. Image: Brian Wild


And so it proved. from start to finish colour is everywhere. Saul Hay’s gallery space lends itself well to an  exhibition such as this, with its bank of windows along one side and one end, and as the weather was good with late evening sun, it only added to the experience of how colour affects our moods. Owners Catherine and Ian Hay had arranged the artworks to take you on a journey. Pete Hoida’s acrylics on paper , Sabrina Schmid’s digital prints to James Ropers oil on canvas ‘Metanoia’ series of surreal sc-fi images, Stephen Snoddy’s monotypes and mixed media. Karol Kochanowski and his totally opposite productions of  executed oils on paper set as a four, and the broad brush, wildly different style of acrylic and oils on canvas.

Karol Kochanowski. ‘Four Kosmonauts’ and ‘Once Kosmo’ Acrylic & oil on canvas. Saul Hay Gallery. Image: Brian Wild

The floor area has some impressive metal sculptures by Gareth Griffiths whose sculpture is based on American West Coast architecture called Googie and  colourful ceramics finished in acrylics by Patricia Volk who states that her “obsession as an artist is catching a very simple form or line, then enhancing it with colour”. I believe she does it very well indeed!

This exhibition really is a delight for the eyes and the quality of the artists work exhibited is a credit to Catherine and Ian who’s gallery, in my opinion is,with the quality of artwork exhibited by some great artists, going from strength to strength.