Contemporary Art in Britain
I popped into the Saul Hay gallery recently and was delighted to speak with one its owners Catherine Hay. Passionate about their new venture into the art-world, the gallery has not long been open and had exhibition TWO – Northern Abstracts as its current in-house offering of contemporary art by established contemporary artists from the North West. Catherine also told me of the exciting new exhibition at Manchester’s beautiful Portico Library.
The gallery, opened at the end of last year by Catherine and husband Ian is located by the Rochdale canal in trendy Castlefield close to Manchester City centre, say their aim is:
“Working with emerging and established artists we will present a diverse programme of contemporary painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. Our aim will always be to celebrate the very best of contemporary art from Manchester and beyond “.
Eight of Saul Hays artists including finalists for the John Moores Painting and Carter Preston prizes, will be exhibiting their work at Manchester’s Portico Library from Friday February 17th – Saturday 18th March 2017. Artists exhibiting are:
Omid Asadi – Manchester A former engineer and champion boxer from Iran, now a UK-based artist. Omid creates his beautiful work with carving and cutting techniques on fallen leaves using a craft knife, a scalpel and a needle.
Paul Bennett – Cumbria Fine artist Paul Bennett specialises in contemporary semi-abstract seascapes and landscapes, abstraction and distinctive portraiture. Paul’s work is in private and public collections worldwide
Catherine Harrison – Liverpool Catherine Harrison is inspired by history, decay, cycles, nature, meaning and symbolism and these themes are referenced in her work.
Josie Jenkins – Liverpool An award-winning artist based in Liverpool, UK. Josie studied for her BA Hons in Fine Art (Painting) at Norwich School of Art and Design, UK graduating in 2002 and has since exhibited in the UK and internationally.
Enzo Marra – London Enzo Marra’s creative practice is concerned with the exploration and pictorial analysis of the artworld. Enzo’s ‘Invigilator’ is currently exhibited in the John Moores Painting Prize 2016 exhibition at the Walker Gallery Liverpool
Melinda Matyas – London A Hungarian Artist living and working in London. Her paintings and drawings are psychologically charged expressions of the ‘hidden’ and its contemplation from an exterior perspective
Mandy Payne – Sheffield A Sheffield based painter and printmaker interested in marginal spaces, places that are often maligned and thought to be devoid of traditional aesthetic beauty. Mandy’s ‘No Ball Games Here’ is currently exhibited in the John Moores Painting Prize 2016 exhibition at the Walker Gallery Liverpool
Jo Taylor MRBS – Wiltshire Jo Taylor’s elegant ceramic forms offer suggestions of organic growth, fragmentation, fragility, rigidity and fluidity. In 2016 Jo has been shortlisted for the Carter Preston Prize at Liverpool’s Bluecoat Display Centre and has enjoyed a solo show at Rabley Contemporary in Marlborough.
I’m looking forward to being at the Portico Gallery for the opening and will tweet from there @beesarthaus