THE UNLIKELY CLAN
From left to right - Nichol Wheatley, Cherylene Dyer, Todd Garner, Jane Gardiner and Frank McNab.
Saturday 21st May to Sunday 29th May 2022 from 11.00am to 5.00pm daily.
NEW WALK AND TALK FEATURE
Following the success if the Ryan Mutter and Rosanne Barr WALK AND TALK feature, we are introducing this feature to this show.
1.30pm The first session will feature short (20 Minute) talks by three artists (1) FRANK McNAB, (2) CHERYLENE DYER and (3) JANE GARDINER.
2.30pm The second session will feature (4) NICHOL WHEATLEY and lastly (5) TODD GARNER.
These are desiged to be informal.
There is no better opportunity to listen to 5 figurative narrative artists explain what lies behind the construction of their work.
These sessions will be very educational and you will have a very rare chance to learn about figurative narrative art from some of the best in this field.
A great opportunity.
Please call 0141 942 4683 if you would like to reserve a place in one or both of the sessions.
BUYING OR RESERVING
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FIGURATIVE NARRATIVE ART
In FIGURATIVE NARRATIVE art, the challenge for the VIEWER is to look beyond the image that you can see to understand the deeper meaning of the piece.
The artist creates INTRIGUE.
It is a very PURE form of art, which pushes beyond a shallow, more straightforward representation. It cleverly teases the mind rather than just (aesthetically or decoratively) pleasing the eyes.
We are very excited and pleased to welcome the UNLIKELY CLAN to the gallery. A fabulous art research and appreciation opportunity for YOU.
Swimming caps and 18th Century ruffs ?
No, the artist cleverly uses these to symbolise how we as humans dress ourselves (what we choose to hide or reveal) to others.
Cherylene's work is about our life. How we deal with the challenges of everyday living including such topics as motherhood, ageing, living for our children and frustrations and crises.
A powerful and refreshingly honest examination of our spirit, inner thoughts, feelings and emotions as we journey through life.
Gardiner is a portraitist.
There is no one definitive way to present people as they can change minute by minute, day by day or year by year.
Jane is interested in capturing people and how they present themselves. She prefers to work from photographs so that the sitter does not over-influence (a monologue). With her use of extensive
photographs it is more of a dialogue and an honest reflection of character and an individual's idiosynchrasies.
Specific rather than any generalisation..
The artist who became a Doctor (GP) and came back (part-time) to her love of art.
Medical consultations gave her a great insight into people and behaviour. The study of anatomy created an understanding of how people move. Life drawing added a sense of surface.
Gardiner cites as an example, her fascination with birds; all that beauty is there if you only care to open your eyes and look.
For this show Gardiner has based this body of work on a trip to a Jane Austen Festival, Bath in 2021 in Bath. Her muses were dancers dressed in period Regency dress.
She loved the sense of innocent pleasure and artistically, the variety of characters, costumes, fabrics and range of movement.
In troubling times (pandemics and conflicts), Gardiner relishes the opportunity to paint her delightful series of joyful and uplifting paintings.
Fascinating and intriguing windows into the little stories that form all around you.
Todd was present at each of these settings.
The viewers of his work are looking at something that appears familiar. The mystery lies in what these people are talking about ?
Todd likes the style of iconic settings such as Les Deux Magots, Paris or the Queen Mary, Long Beach, California. He is interested in the layers of history (the sense of what came before) and the famous people who might have sat in the same seats and enjoyed the same social environment (Fitzgerald, Hemmingway, Sartre, Picasso, Joyce etc).
He observes and likes to imagine the little dramas that go on in people's lives around us.
Afterall it is us humans and the little stories between us that in reality bring, what we understand as the world, to life !
Cerebral with an impressive interest and relationship with literature and poetry.
Frank has always had a visual imagination.
For many years a Trade Union Convenor, he connects (emotionally) to the human issues and has a deep sense of fairness and justice for the vulnerable in society.
His paintings are engineering masterpieces.
In Frank's paintings a series of symbols come together to reveal his message or meaning.
The viewer has to work at their understanding. It is a bit like a cryptic crossword, if you can unravel the clues and piece together the answers, you get an immense sense of pleasure and psychological reward.
McNab is one of the greats of modern (art) storytelling. His clever narratives (books on canvas) are hyper-engaging and have so much power on the wall.
The artist's role is to look-into society from the outside (a parallel corridor).
Wheatley is already famous for his collaboration with (celebrity) Alasdair Gray (1934-2019) (author, artist, playright and poet) in the production of his (public work) ceiling murals for Oran Mor. Wheatley also created a stunning series of Tam O'Shanter celiing murals as part of the project.
Wheatley's work is focused on the human condition.
He is in the process of writing a book to himself called 'the Cloud Diaries' which include a series of human stories (morals) drawn from his life.
The main stories will also feature illustrations (paintings) some of which are included below (pre-publication).
These paintings draw on and explore human experience (including gaining perspective, relationships, loss, challenges and mountains to climb, dreams and frustration).
Wheatley is another of the cerebrals and we are extremely lucky to be able to view and appreciate this clever and deeply engaging body of (historically significant) work.