Greater Manchester Artist
This is the recent installation of six pieces of my art at The Coffee House & Kitchen in Worthing, Sussex. This independent business has recently undergone a complete refit and extended into two shops. As you can see by the pictures the art compliments the design...
Composite Disguise - A piece of plywood can secure a broken window, it can also put a bit of colour back in someone's life after the window is fixed. Untreated plywood with layers of acrylic paint. Some of the layers have been washed off and varnished before applying...
Voiceless Eyes - Mouths can speak the truth, but eyes can have the wool pulled over them. The rain can look so pretty through rose-tinted glasses. This original acrylic painting is on plywood which has been cut to approximately 71 x 73 cm / 28 x 29 inches. Treated...
Manchester is known as England’s second city and it is full of culture, diversity and some pretty amazing and talented artists.
Over the last few years, the city has started to come alive with colour and as graffiti splatters its creative mark on walls and buildings. Often illegally so the council are often behind artists trying to either protect it or erase it. Like most councils, they pick and choose with no real framework or rules as to what should stay or go. I bet a Banksy piece would not be cleaned off a wall!
In recent years, Machester has become the big rival for London’s art scene and the city has introduced and hosted many art events giving many gallery artists the opportunities for more exposure with their art. Sadly, during the pandemic at the start of 2020, all these events ground to a sudden halt. The events scheduled for 2021 if open should be even better quality as many artists like me have used the time during lockdown time to produce new collections. So if you do visit Manchester, be sure to hunt out these types of events that support the local artists.
In 2020 and during lockdown I also seized the opportunities to learn even more skills related to the changes happening within the art world such as the new craze of crypto art. I won’t explain the in’s and out’s of it on this page, but the art industry is evolving and galleries will need to either embrace it or could one day become extinct. Manchester does however have some wonderful art galleries still very much alive for you to visit.
Like Brighton, the actual city is full of creative people and therefore many building pops with colour and clever art pieces, some commissioned and some illegal. This captures the attention of locals and visitors to the city as they snap a photo for Instagram. The hashtag #Manchester has an incredible 15,831,108 posts, almost double the number of Brighton pictures. Many of these pictures are art-related pictures, like building with art on them, art canvases and people trying to express their artistic skills with photography, even spray-painted mannequins
Go visit Manchester, it is a fantastic place for all ages.