Thursday, 26 June 2014


Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

Curated by Lisa Denyer

20 June 2014 – 29 June 2014
About Painting brings together eight painters from across the UK who employ a breadth of approaches to contemporary abstract painting. Their work ranges from the highly structured and pre-planned to more spontaneous painterly language.
Abstract painting is by nature ambiguous and open to interpretation. It doesn’t pertain to any single subject, and has the capacity to represent a multitude of thoughts, feelings and visual stimuli. It enables an engagement with the fundamental nature of the world through perceptive means. Dialogues, synergies and tensions are created, and polarities of colour explored on a given surface, often evoking a sense of recognition. Every experience a painter informs the making of a painting, just as the viewer can’t separated their subjectivity from their interpretation.
Painting continues to be relevant because it is not convoluted or arbitrary, but honest and immediate. The process of painting is reliant upon the discovery of new possibilities. It involves being responsive, exploring the properties of the medium to its full potential and allowing investigation into the multi-faceted characteristics of paint.

Andy Parkinson’s review of the show on his blog patternsthatconnect
Watch on artplayer tv Lisa Denyer discussing about her practice and curating About Painting at Castlefield Gallery.
Below are installation views taken from About Painting. You can see more images on my Flickr page.

(Right) Sound Reflector, Louisa Chambers, 2012

Sound Reflector, Louisa Chambers, 2012, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 70 x 60 cm
(Left to Right) Terry Greene and Anne Parkinson

Neighboring Ground, Terry Greene, 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 35 x 25 cm
(L to R) Bright Gifts, Claudia Böse, 2010, Oil on linen, 70 x 50 cm and Living in a Daydream, Matthew Macaulay, 2014, Oil on board, 40 x 40 cm
Cover, Andy Parkinson, 2013, Mixed media on PVA coated paper on wood panel, 35 x 35 cm

Paintings from the Cornish Coast series, David Manley, 2013-2014, All acrylic on linen, 10 x 10 cm
(L to R) Adventures in Naples Yellow, Terry Greene, 2013, Acrylic on canvas, 35 x 45 cm and Relocation (I), Claudia Böse, 2010, Oil on board, 40 x 50 cm

Installation view (L to R) Lisa Denyer, Louisa Chambers, Matthew Macaulay and Claudia Böse 

(L to R) Terry Greene, Andy Parkinson, David Manley, Louisa Chambers

(L to R) Louisa Chambers and Claudia Böse

(L to R) Lisa Denyer and Louisa Chambers

Untitled (Cherry), Lisa Denyer, 2014, Acrylic and emulsion on found plywood, 31 x 27 cm
(L to R) Lisa Denyer and Matthew Macaulay
Windows, Matthew Macaulay, 2014, Oil on board, 40 x 40 cm
Installation view (L to R) Terry Greene, Andy Parkinson, David Manley, Matthew Macaulay and Lisa Denyer
Contra Check 2, Andy Parkinson, 2014, Mixed Media on PVA coated paper on canvas, 50 x 50 cm

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