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TUBES

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magazine for Art, Artists and Art Galleries

painters

“the pleasure,

passion, power

and the panache

of painting.”

exclusive interviews:

Colin Halliday

Richard Fitton

Patrick Blower

Ian Norris

cover painting by Colin Halliday

inside... new articles, gallery features and much more...


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a very warm welcome to the first dedicated

UK issue of painters Tubes magazine, first

a few words from our Editor, Denis Taylor.

photograph: Denis Taylor. Artist and Editor of Tubes.

Background “stepping stones” from second nature series ©Tubes 2017.of work by

“...2017 was a wonderful year for painting in general. Tubes have been privileged to bring to the

attention of our readers some excellent artists, both well known and some not so well known.

In the coming year Tubes will interview more artists and source Art from all around the UK. To

help with this undertaking the magazine welcomes two new artist-contributors, Laurence Causse-

Parsley, who will be covering the South of England and Dave Traves who will bring to our readers

articles on artists from his travels. Both are accomplished artists in their own right. And both

artists-contributors will be appearing in the forth coming issues, with a full introduction our website

www.painterstubes.com In this all new UK edition Tubes also present exclusive interviews

with four painters, who represent the pleasure, the passion, the power and the panache of painting

in their own very individual styles...

...this year, I was honoured to open a special exhibition (The Ten of Us) featuring the ex-pupils of

the Manchester High School of Art (an Art School for children from eleven years old, where I also

enrolled as a student, in 1962).

The exhibition was mounted at the Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery (2oth January).

...not only was it an honour for me to open the show, but it was an opportunity to talk about the

Art School, and about children and Art education in general. A discussion, I believe, needs reenvigorating.

To that end the ‘talk’ I gave has been reproduced (in this edition) in full.

The Tubes team hope you enjoy this first edition for 2018.”


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painters

TUBES

contents

four excellent Artists representing the pleasure, the

passion, the power and the panache of paintings.

page four...’the pleasure’....Colin Halliday.

page twelve...’the passion’...Richard Fitton.

page twenty....’the power’...Patrick Blower.

page twenty six...’the panache’...Ian Norris.

articles and reviews, gallery announcements and a speech

from the editor

page thirty two...’Spike’ has a go at vanity galleries

page thirty five...55 years...Colin Jellicoe Gallery

page thirty eight...”the Ten of Us” exhibition speech

page forty two...Contemporary Six. New exhibition

page forty four...Colony Gallery...Review.

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Colin Halliday...

the pleasure of painting...


“the pleasure, the passion, the power and the panache of painting”

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©Colin Halliday

in conversation with Colin Halliday...

...the first time I met Colin was in one of those Artist’s corners during an exhibition in autumn of 2017. The

informal meeting was at a showing of another Artist, one who we all knew and admired [Dave Coulter]. It was

a warm September evening and after I had completed my viewing of the show and chats with guests about

the exhibition [“70 years in the making” Cheshire Art Gallery, Bramhall, Cheshire] I joined a couple of the

artists in the corner they had made their own, one or two who I knew, quite well. One of them (Dean Entwistle)

introduced me to Colin. I was already aware of his work, but had never met him in person.

As we sat outside, we all joked about who’s round it was to supply ‘the beers’ that was a joke because the

Gallery had generously loaded the bar and all drinks were free. A younger painter of the group volunteered to

go the bar whilst, we older ones, continued to chew the fat about all things connected with Art and it’s creation.

During the conversation Colin’s view of his own Art and how it stood in the eyes of the contemporary gallery

scene, sounded like almost a ‘fait accompli.’


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”I keep doing what I am doing,

my way of painting, and that’s it...”

...this was in reference to his ‘plein air’ work, a

genre or way of painting, which

I had made some critic of over the years, not

necessarily to deride plein air painting as

such, but to question the validity of artists

who continue to do nothing else but plein air,

which to my way of thinking, always seemed

to restrict an artist from creating or trying out

other experimental

studio painting.

My critic was aimed at not just ‘plein air’

painting per sé, but artists who continue

to paint the same subject, the same way,

seemingly forever and a day.

As a painter, I could never fully understand

why they didn’t get bored of producing

‘images’ and not enjoy creating an Art which

is exciting and new, even for themselves,

let alone the viewer.

I decided there and then that at the turn of the

year I would make an appointment to visit

Colin on his home turf in Derbyshire and

explore his bank of work first hand. He was

obviously a gifted painter with a natural talent

and intellectually a deep thinker about Art in

general and painting in particular.

All paintings are oil on canvas or board ©Colin Halliday

The train journey from Manchester to Derby

seemed to take forever, which enabled me to

clarify my thoughts about painting nature as a

subject. It’s one every painter tackles and often

leans back on when other artistic paths dry up,

or have become staid.

Taking another look at the broad theme of

nature as a main subject is something I have

reverted to myself, over these last 30 odd

years of painting. Today, it seems, artists are

‘going back to nature’ wholesale. I guess the

environmental concerns of our planet, one we

all share, may have something to do with that

trend.

Colin’s decision to paint nature, I was to

discover, had a more fundamental and artistic

ethical reasoning behind it.

“the pleasure, the passion, the power and the panache of painting”


“the pleasure, the passion, the power and the panache of painting”

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©Colin Halliday

“These works were surely created in a studio

and could not possibly have created made plein air...”

The train rolled into Derby where Colin had kindly said he would pick me up and take me to his home a few miles

to the south of the City. I’d been to Derby in the early part of 2017 on a family celebration and was surprised how

quickly the regeneration and investment program for the North of England had progressed [that far] from the major

‘Northern Cities’ of the UK (sic: Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle etc).

As usual the old dilapidated buildings were being knocked down and new 21st century spaces were being created

with emphasis on culture and commerce in the centre of Derby, an observation that I would be remember during

my conversation with Colin later in the day.

The walls of his home were, as you may expect for a painter, graced by his own large oil paintings, which showed

the full glory of his process. These works of nature were painted with an impasto application holding the energy of

a sure hand and full of painterly confidence.

“These works were surely created in a studio could not possibly have been made plein air.” [For which Colin is

renown for], I thought to myself. He told me later that he did indeed have a studio, but had to give it up when he

landlord wanted to double the rent, which he couldn’t afford, certainly not along with his financial obligations for

his home. My only complaint about the work on the wall was that I wished I could have viewed them in a larger

space, if only to fully appreciate their beauty. However, being able to get up close to them confirmed my belief that

Colin was indeed an excellent and an accomplished painter.

His method is not revolutionary, nor does he employ textural tricks by using texture aides or other contingencies.

Such as applying plaster of paris on the canvas before painting over in oil or acrylic pigments.


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“I had to fight really hard to gain my art degree...”

He works the canvas and re-works it with vigour until he feels the painting has reached it’s

conclusion - which seems to end in a flurry of paint almost thrown onto the work and completed with

a final swipe of his palette knife.

The resulting image created by the artist propels it into being more than a painting, the work is more

of an object in itself with an extremely attractive tactile quality.

I really wanted to touch the painting, but resisted that urge and was quite happy to simply allow my

eyes and my mind to appreciate and digest the Art in front of me.

After metaphorically satisfying my hunger with Art, Colin invited me to join him for lunch. He had

prepared a home made quiche, which I gratefully accepted.

As he dished out the food I thumbed through the first parts of a sort of scrapbook file. It held various

cutting from newspapers with stories about Colin as a young artist.

He was born in the City of Carlisle in Cumbria (1964). “I had to fight really hard to gain my art

degree.” (BA Hons Fine Art Exeter University).

He told me as I flipped the sleeves of the file, and quantified that statement by telling me how he

worked to earn money (to pay his way through Art university) by taking any menial job whatsoever,

like stacking supermarket shelves or other low skill work, jobs that few artists

would readily agree to do.

The struggle proved to be one of many reasons for a major decision by Colin to move to London and

join the avant garde and live a 20th century bohemian style of life, i.e. ‘living in a squat.’

He did, however, eventually find a way to being accepted as an Artist by commercial galleries and he

was commissioned to paint portraits, one or two of which was a former MP and a leading politician.


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©Colin Halliday

His first public show was at the Fresh Art Group at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London

(1992) followed by participation in a group show at Dulwich Picture Gallery having been selected

by Tom Phillips RA and a Group show at Quantum Contemporary Art, London, (both exhibitions in

1997).

By 1999 Colin was painting landscapes as a preferred subject and shown the resulting work in a solo

shows, first at Grey College in Durham College (near Sunderland) and then at the Knapp Gallery,

Regents College, London. These were followed exhibitions from 2000 onwards by a host of shows

through to 2012, mounted mainly in London in private high street Galleries.

At this stage in his painting life he already began to question the purposes of cutting edge art and

what it had set out to achieve in its dogma. And he also began to consider the whole concept of

contemporary leanings towards anti-Art in general. Art against art, one that gives pleasure. Art

against Art that displayed beauty.

Art against Art that displayed any sort of skill or talent. That late 20th century ‘cutting edge’ art

that seemed determined to re-educate art students to accept banality, insincerity, inauthenticity and

plagiarism as art styles in themselves.

“what’s so bad about creating Art

that is beautiful?”

As an art process to admire and employ as the main artistic aim. Painting, as an artistic choice for

expression, was labelled ‘old and useless’ and the artists that did choose painting, as a preferred

medium, would find themselves derided or at best ignored by art institutions and academics. Colin,

made a conscious decision to go against the grain of 20th century contemporary art theory and wanted

to create paintings that were brimming with beauty, emotion and sensory pleasure.


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©Colin Halliday

Colin asks that question often, not only to himself, but also to other artists, knowing full well that it is a rhetorical

question, because it is hard to present a logical reason against it.

His belief in ‘spreading’ the creation of beautiful Art is one of his artistic missions, it seemed to me, and one I could

not help but admire him for, waving that particular art flag.

OK, I do understand art negative messages are sometimes necessary in our modern society, if only to ‘shine-alight’

on the worst traits of humanity, say like greed, power lusting or selfishness etc, but the ‘negation’ of Art

became unconcerned with this objective and manifested itself as simply ‘Art’ for itself and the self concerned art

intellectual. The scales of public art exhibitions have been tipped in that direction for some time and I do agree with

Colin, that ‘a rebalancing’ of negation and affirmation Art is still required. Although I do believe that ‘balance’ has

improved greatly over these last few years. None the less, more work is still required and the only way to gain a

rebalance is to get beautiful Art out into the public domain. Which leads me to my final paragraph or two about the

Art of Colin Halliday.

Colin invited me to walk up the garden to his ‘drying shed’ where racks were fully laden with paintings - “these

are recent.” He said with a smile. “I’ll take you round to my store if you’d like.” Of course I agreed. We walked

for a while through a field to what looked like a dumping ground of rubbish. At the end of the field a large makeshift

building of two floors. Up the rickety steps, almost hidden by odds of sods of this and that, was a dark and

expansive room that was stacked floor to ceiling with his paintings. The sheer quantity and quality of each work

was not surprising but definitely astounding. It was then that I became, not angry but spoke excitedly. “Colin, you

need to get these out there to the public.” I said with conviction.

He looked at me and smiled. “Yes, but where? Derby? In a museum?”

He lamented on his understanding that wasn’t any space ‘big enough’ to exhibit the large bank of work he had, in

one show. It was then that I remembered the re-development of Derby, one I had witnessed from my ‘family gettogether’

of early 2017.


“I’m sure that there are now new spaces available, even

if not in a Gallery context.” I was sure there must be,

somewhere in Derby.”

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We carried on that conversation over a beer in a rather pleasant local pub and where

I offered my unconditional help to gain a space of suitable size and volunteer painters Tubes

magazine to help promote an exhibition, should it come to fruition. To be honest,

I did realise that Colin, not unlike many other artists I know, simply may not cope with the

pressures and stress of being a curator and an Artist at the same time.

A position I appreciate and I do understand the reluctance to take ones Art out into the

public arena within a large exhibition and be responsibility for not only the costs involved,

but the risks of personal financial disaster that any exercise of that magnitude implies.

I decided not to push the concept of alternate exhibition space on him, knowing full well

that his work does have some outlet in a few quality galleries. The pity is that the public

shall only ever see Colin’s work peace-meal and not as one glorious display of Art that has

beauty, skill, talent, authenticity and sheer pleasure that is imbued within it.

We parted at the Derby train station where I began my long journey back to Manchester and

new thoughts running around my mind. “...perhaps, I should create a painters Tubes annual public

exhibition showing work by Artists who create work for the sheer pleasure that beautiful paintings

give...now that’s a good idea, isn’t it?”

Denis Taylor was in conversation with Colin Halliday, January 23rd 2018

©Colin Halliday

Here is what Trent Gallery had to say about Colin and his work...

“Geography plays a huge part in what a gallery has to offer. In our location (North Staffordshire)

we have a rich vein of cultural heritage to call on and highly skilled artists both past and present to

populate the gallery with. But were we to be exclusive to this location, as a gallery we would miss

the opportunity to support artistic talent more broadly and we have always been keen to expose our

customers more widely to names that, we consider, deliver quality art into the market.

Colin Halliday is one such artist. For the gallery he brings a palette that’s explosively rich on

colour and he brings a subject matter whose honesty people relate to instantly. Our customers easily

identify with the subject matter that has become synonymous with Colin’s work.

Colin’s work makes a valid contribution to the gallery. It is on constant display and we very pleased

to be able to carry his work and support his very genuine artistic talent.”


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“the pleasure, the passion, the power and the panache of painting.”

Richard Fitton...

photgraph:©painterstubes2017

the passion of painting...


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painting: “small head of Caleb” 30cm x 30cm

Looking at painting from another angle and more than once...

...visit(s) to the Studio of Richard Fitton.

My recent visit to Richard’s studio was in fact my third time there. The first time was October in 2017. On that

occasion he was in the middle of physically revamping the large building he occupies from an automobile repair

shop into a gallery, a framing work room and a painting studio. You would be right in thinking that sounds like an

awful lot of work for one person to undertake.

Richard however has an enormous amount of energy, both for his painting and new projects, that he embraces with

astounding vigour and enthusiasm. The artist is relatively young, 27 years old, so his energy is not that surprising,

but his painting reflects a more mature artistic mind working together with a deep sense of a personal ambition to

become the very best painter that he can possibly be. That ambition is almost palpable when talking with him and

it was demonstrated by his excited speech when discussing his work, an excited verbal delivery, one that is both

endearing, passionate and infectious.


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“the pleasure, the passion, the power and the panache of painting.”

It was refreshing for me to share mutually

agreed views and thoughts on art and painting

in particular, whilst we sipped cups of tea

inside the kitchen area of the building. I’d

arrived on a grey Sunday mid-morning that

November, wind swept and partially soaked

from the drizzle that seems to constantly hover

of the area the studio, which is located in

Rochdale, (Lancashire). And the offer of more

than one cup of hot tea was readily accepted

and much needed.

After I had warmed and dried off, Richard took

me on a tour of the building explaining in great

detail what the various rooms would function

as, and what they would look like, when

completed. We eventually walked into his

painting studio, which he insisted to repeatedly

apologise for the

state’ it was in.

“I haven’t had the time

to clean up...”

...he said more than once, being a painter

myself he need not of worried.

I know myself and from personal experience,

that there are many occasions when an artist

gets so ‘into’ what he or she is creating, that

the space around them becomes an invisible

backdrop that simply accepts whatever is

thrown at it.

painting: “Kerrine Nude” 76cm x 51cm

Richard and the editor of Tubes

discussing an oil sketch,

during the studio visit.

I’m sure everyone has seen the photographs of the studio

of Francis Bacon, is a perfect example of this state of

mind when creating. It was clear to me how Richard

paints. The application of layer upon layer of thick oil

paint (impasto) consisting of various mixed colours and

tones, sometimes towards blue, sometimes towards reds,

are preconceived and the speed in which the gestural

marks are gouged into the canvas afterwards, to create

the image of the main subject are again pre-conceived,

and the main ‘idea’ behind the painting. These works

could only be produced by, what would look like to

an onlooker, as an artist possessed by a strange and

dangerous force of nature, a hurricane at it’s wildest

moment, or perhaps, a maniac wielding an axe, intent

on the total destruction of his or her environment. In

Richard’s case, the absolute opposite is the truth, and in

actuality, authentic creation was and is his aim, which he

invariably succeeds in acheiving.


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“Ken”

After taking a few photographs of the studio (with this article in my mind) we decided to carry our

conversation further... in the comfort of a rather lovely public house, not far from the studio. Here we

could sit and enjoy not only the beer, but also a warm and cordial atmosphere and discuss his artistic

ambitions further, especially the ambitions and ethos for the new gallery, which he had founded with

his good friend Anthony Cosgrove.

Richard told me about his surprise how ‘quick’ things have developed, from a commercial gallery

viewpoint, and how his Art became quickly established and snapped up by art collectors. An exhibition

at Castlegate House Gallery, Castlegate, Cockermouth, Cumbria, had been the catalyst for that interest

in his work, and his ‘street-cred’ as a gifted (serious) artist had multiplied four fold. It is perhaps

not that surprising, when one considers that his ‘style’ of work, one that shows definite nods in the

direction of Auerbach and Kossoff, in the main, has been, over the last few years, taken up by a

few artists both in the South and the North of the UK, some perhaps emulating that era of figurative

abstraction, especially by these two major abstract expressionist artists.

Kossoff and Auerbach had been highlighted by the influential art institutions, in recent times. Richard

however, may have been unaware of that fact, as his very real love of (and in particular) Kossoff, was

the leading ‘master’ for him, and had been for some time.


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“reclining head of Adam” 30cm x 30cm

I did get the feeling that Richard was in a rush to advance himself as an artist, but not from a negative standpoint. He

wanted, it seemed to me, to explore Art and redefine it to himself. This self-set goal, inevitably, would result in a number

of failed canvases, but also in quite brilliant works of art too.

That ambition and that artistic way of thinking is one, that as Editor of Tubes and as an Artist myself, often find in only

the most original and authentic painters. Sometimes failed paintings give more to a painter than successful ones. It’s this

way of viewing artistic creation that I relate and identify with the most. And so it will not come as a surprise to the reader,

of this article, to understand that I left Richard with the promise to return, not only to see the finished Gallery, but also to

catch up with his own artistic progression and possibly new thought processes about his work.

The second visit to Rochdale was unannounced. My obligation and objective was to deliver pre-ordered copies of the

recent editions of Tubes in time for the opening night of the new Colony Gallery.

“the pleasure, the passion, the power and the panache of painting.”


An issue that featured not only the opening details

and date of the show, but with a brief outline of

the Galleries aims, stated by Anthony and Richard.

On that occasion, Richard and I missed each other

and I managed to post the magazines, individually

wrapped in envelopes, through the Galleries

letterbox.

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I’d promised Richard that I would return a month or

so later to see both the Gallery and have another talk

with him about his Art.

On my third visit to the Gallery, thankfully, Richard

and Anthony were both present and enabled an indepth

talk about the Galleries ambitions and how it

had been received within the artistic community and

the public of the North West of England.After the

Gallery discussion, Anthony left us, Richard and I

could venture into his studio to talk about his work

for another type of discussion.

He showed me the quite recent work of studies that

were set up on his easel. Richard has, preferred to

paint figurative (portraiture type paintings of people

he knew or had known) and ‘interiors,’ another

subject that is attracting painters of late.

“head of Kerrine”

He explained to me how he wanted to upscale these

works to large paintings, bigger than he had so

done before. Typically, Richard was heightening his

artistic bar in order to explore the greater possibilities

or limitations of the motives or discover a new level

for his work.

We talked for a short time about scaling up work

from small oil sketches and the way in which a

painter can retain the immediacy of the application

of paint. It is not uncommon for the upscaled

finished painting to become a little sterile or bland,

when any artists attempts a direct transfer from an

oil study to large canvas, it’s one of the dangers of

choosing to use that method.


I mentioned that a ‘direct’ approach may well prove

to be more successful. Another aspect of Richards

work that had come to light to him was the ‘drawing’

of form. He felt he had overlooked that important

ingredient for perhaps a little too long when

developing his energised canvases.

“Natalie 2”

68cm x 49 cm

He pointed out a reasonably large pastel drawing

he had made recently, this demonstrated his surety

of line and the level of draughtsmanship. He told

me that he wanted to continue the drawing side of

his art which I am sure will increase his power and

confidence when he moves upto a large canvas size.


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“the pleasure, the passion, the power and the panache of painting.”

“head of Leigh Gregson” 60cm x 48cm


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top left “Lee”

top right

‘head of a girl’

bottom left:

“Amy” Pastel and Charcoal

drawing.

bottom right:

“head of Adam”

Once again, after all the serious art discussion, we decided it was a good idea to have a social chat in the same pub that we

visited the first time I had come to visit Richards studio. It turned out to be a very good social hour or two for all. Richard

has returned recently to creating some excllent charcoal studies. A very informative social hour or so, which turned out to

be enlightening and filled in some of the personal parts of Richards life, some new to me new and some that were not so

new. It was clear to that, he had began to mature as a painter and grow as a person. A natural process of life that seems to

be always linked to a new partner, who not only understands eccentricities, but also caring about each other does improve

ones own understanding of self through acts of unselfishness, I think.

Richard Fitton is a very fine artist and it’s my belief that given some space and time he will continue to drive himself

to improve his art to greater levels of artistic uniqueness, no matter how much others may shower him with praise or

compliments at the present time. His art can only be measured by his own yardstick and it’s a measure of ‘the self’ that

he makes often. He is critical of his own work as much as his proud of many of the pieces he has already made to date. I

personally, find that a good position to adopt and do feel that looking at ones work, from many different angles, is better

than being blinded by the amount of paintings that is sold at an exhibition. My own favourite artists motto is: Money

always follows good Art and it should never be the other way round.”

I really do look forward to viewing Richards work again, perhaps next time in an exhibition where the space is big enough

to accommodate his future large scaled work and do it the justice and respect, that I am absolutely sure, it will justly

deserved.

Richard Fitton - “Looking at painting from another angle, and more than once...”

written by Denis Taylor (October 2017 to January 2018)


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above: Self Portrait, 50cm x 50cm -enamel on canvas

Politicians get drowned..

...by the wonderful seascapes of

Patrick Blower

“the power of painting.”

“the pleasure, the passion, the power and the panache of painting.”


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above: large studio painting of the Sea, in the process

of helping to ‘drown out politicians’, inside Partrick head...

As the Editor of Tubes I often make trips to visit artists studios, sometimes unannounced, and very occasionally I am

lucky to view some fantastic paintings, ones that are totally unexpected. This was the case in my recent visit to London

and the Make Space Studios in Lambeth. I’d gone there to catch up with Laurence Causse Parsley, a gifted artist who was

featured in issue #5 (Landscape..from Poussin to today). After we chatted for a while about her recent work, she gave me

a guided tour of the large building which housed up to twenty artists or so.

Laurence escorted me round the labyrinth of corridors, gently tapping on various doors to introduce me to those artists

that were behind them. It was one of those days wintery days in London, the kind that, if you need not venture out then it

was better to stay in and watch You Tube videos.

The skin-penetrating drizzle was driven by a biting wind, which was enough to put off most of the artists from journeying

to Lambeth. However one of the artists that made the journey daily, rain or shine, was Patrick Blower. Laurence tapped

on his door, and a voice shouted “come-in:”

As I walked into his studio his out-stretched hand was married with a broad smile, which immediately endeared me to

him. I spoke a few a words to introduce myself, he reacted to my short personal introduction with “You’re a Manc.” (sic:

someone born in the City of Manchester, North West England, ‘Manc’ being a specific term to identify place of birth and

specific culture). Patrick’s accent was soft, with a definite southern twang. His quick witted, almost caustic humour was

however totally natural and inoffensive.

It came as a surprise to me, to learn later, he was actually born in Brussels (1959) to a Belgian Mother and a British

Father. He says...

“...his head is in London, his heart is in Europe and his balls

are somewhere over the North Sea.”


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“after Gericault” 2015 180cm x 140cm. acrylic on canvas

“world Political leaders and UK MP’s - they are always in my bloody head,

I need and have to paint to get rid them.”

When I walked into his studio he was working on a cartoon on his desktop.“I draw three of these cartoons

a week.” He showed me the drawing which was about two very topical subjects, Brexit and the death of the

founder of IKEA (Ingvar Kamprad). It is typical of Patrick’s humour and pulls on the cartoonist’s trick of tying

two stories together to convey with laughter, and very critical, but relevant point On a more serious note he told

that...“world Political leaders and UK MP’s - they are always in my bloody head, I need and have to paint to get

rid them.”

Propped up against the walls were a few large paintings; it took less than a minute or so for me to concentrate

on Patrick’s paintings, rather than his cartoon work - not that that specialised art form is uninteresting or

unimportant, far from it, Patrick makes his living from cartoons and he is one of the best in the UK, especially at

creating original and really super artwork to illustrate witty and ‘ironic’ political images of world leaders and the

antics and tom foolery that they get up to. The paintings stacked against the wall however, were very impressive.


“The scale of these ‘sea’ paintings

are big... and bigger.”

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As usual I placed myself within millimetres of the canvas to gain an

idea of how the painting was created. The work, a painting of the sea

had a small detail, placed slightly off-centre.

I recognised the detail as one taken from Gericault’s ‘Medusa’

painting. The surface of the work was broken down into perfectly

squared modules, which gave the sensation of an ‘organised

structure’ - This was Patrick’s process of working, one which I

discovered was consistent in most of his large paintings. He had

however strayed from that system when it came to painting the sky

of one of the works.

“I practised for ages to try and master a spray application for the

sky, it was difficult to achieve, but I think it eventually paid off in

this painting.” He said as I was just about to ask him why the sky

had changed to a smoother finish from the rest of the paintings

surface. The actual painting of which was meticulous, almost

photographic, but not quite.

The hand of the artist is visible, which removes the work from being

labelled as an ‘Hyper-Realist. work of art.’

It may be the ‘grid squares’ creation process that stop the connection

with the hyper-realism genre tag. The scale of these ‘sea’ paintings

are big and bigger.

One large seascape is entitled “The ground beneath my feet,” and

measures 2000mm x 800mm, whereas the ‘Medusa’ seascape

painting comes in at 1800mm x 1400mm - (both acrylic on polyester

panels). And these are not the first paintings that he has created that

are of that scale.

I suspect that by choosing a large format,

Patrick issues himself the challenge of ‘sticking’ with the work until

he feels it is complete - which I believe takes a very long time.

“the ground beneath my feet” 2014 200cm x 80cm . acrylic on polyester


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“...those who know him best, know his

depth of talent.”

I guess the ‘time and space’ that he affords

himself to paint in this way, does indeed

help clear is mind of all those Politicians that

swim about his head on a daily basis, ones

that manifest themselves as the cartoons he

produces for the Daily Telegraph and other

publications.

Patrick is a fine and talented draughtsman,

obviously drawing forming a large part of his

artistic DNA - This was clearly displayed in

the work in his studio. And outside his door

on the wall, where there was a really great

architectural stylised

black and white drawing.

One that I just had to linger at for while to

take a good look at it. More’s the pity the

space was restrictive so I couldn’t appreciate

it from a distance, but it whet my appetite to

discover more work of Patrick’s for myself.

As an artist and an Editor of painting

magazine, you’d think I would know, or have

the obligation, to know, every Artist on the

planet, or at the very least every artist in the

UK, but obviously that is impossible.

In London alone there are approaching

30,000 artists, so finding and selecting one or

three artists that deserve some

exposure is an obligation

I take seriously.

In Patrick’s case, those who know him best,

know his depth of talent and his paintings

gift. For the man or woman in the street,

I guess he may be known for his cartoons

that they may have seen in the media in the

London Evening Standard,

or the BBC or Daily Telegraph - few of the

wider UK general public, I suspect, have

seen his ‘real-work.’

‘Hopefully this article will help correct that

assumed status-quo.

above: “we built this City” 2011.

200cm x 115cm


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“the pleasure, the passion, the power and the panache of painting.”

From an historical viewpoint, Patrick has been

exhibiting his paintings since 1983 (‘Terminal

New York’ - Brooklyn Army Terminal, exhibition

being the first). This show came about when he

lived in NYC. He was living off the few dollars

he could scrape by on, earned from any odd jobs

he could find. He painted when he could and

as always, drawing was a big part of his art. He

managed to sell a few cartoons to a magazine in

NYC, which got him noticed.

And it was cartoons that gave him a consistent

amount of money to live off, when he returned to

London. After a very short time Political Cartoons

became his speciality. Painting remained his

passion but was firmly on the back burner, as far

as producing it was concerned.

It was at this point that he sidelined painting

in pursuit of drawing and earning a living and

supporting his family, it wasn’t until 2007 that he

began the process of painting on a regular basis

once again.

This gathered space slowly, from 2008 to 2012,

until in 2013 when his work was included in

the Threadneedle prize, and 2016 in the Lynne

Painter-Stainers prize.

‘the Artist with portraits of his Sons, Titus. 200cm x 140cm

Acylic on canvas. 2014

Since then he has exhibited on a number of

occasions in various venues in London in 2016,

2017 and very recently in February 2018.

All to the good that may be, but Patrick sees his

painting as more of a vocation than a

career as such.

one of the ‘sea’

painting in

Patricks studio


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‘Shard’ Diptych.2017, 230cm x 230cm enamel on canvas

His interest in art and communication is deep, seeing things differently seems to be his gift. Or maybe showing what is obvious,

yet hidden by the very nature of its commonality is, I think, what lies underneath the essence of Patrick’s art. He has talked

about painting using the square as a building block. He relates this to the images we all see today - pixels are square - they make

up everything we see on our digital devices - they hold our memories of loved ones - And they record those moments in life

that can be both tragic and joyous. The pixel has enabled both global images and images of the whole universe to be transmitted

anywhere, any time into the palm of our hands, the hand that holds the ubiquitous smart phone.

An example of this thought process is Patrick’s painting of Rembrandt. It depicts the Master with images of his Son (Titus)

whom Rembrandt used as a model often. Sadly, the father outlived the Son and Patrick created a painting that deals with this as

a time aberration.

The structure of the painting is once again based on the square and the finished painting is seen as a pixelated image - again

meticulously painted. His concerns lay not in the formal or usual abstraction of form but in the abstraction of creating an image

that is recognisable, yet obviously man made with a hint of obscurity thrown in for good measure.

When leaving Patrick’s studio, with a promise to contact him once I returned to my studio in Sweden, I suggested that maybe

it would be an idea for the article I wanted to write, if he could create a ‘cartoon’ of himself to replace what I would normally

include, a photograph of the artist in his studio. On reflection, I wished I had asked him for a self portrait, done in his own style.

There again, could he possibly make the time for that?

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in the studio with...

Ian Norris

..after one year later.

“the panache of painting...”

“the pleasure, the passion, the power and the panache of painting.”


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“what a great space...”

In the first issue of Tubes (January 2017- reproduced

in the annual review issue #6 December) regular

readers will have read the article from the first visit

I made to the studio of Ian Norris. At the end of the

article I suggested it would be a good idea to re-visit

him again to see how Ian’s work had developed or

changed, considering that he was about to move into a

much larger studio space.

The studio he moved into was very different from his

smaller studio, it was on the second floor of a classical

styled building with high ceilings and large windows,

perfect, I believed, for painting larger canvases.

True to my word, this January (2018) I again made my

way to Preston (Lancashire) where, as the last time,

Ian was waiting for me at the railway station carpark

in his mobile studio (his van).

With what seemed like just a handful of minutes, we

arrived at his studio building and climbed the stairs to

his new space.

My first impression was how the natural light

completely lit up the room. It’s high ceiling

accentuated the feeling of openness and freedom.

“what a great space.” was my opening remark. He

smiled and said to that it was amazing how quick he

became accustomed to the studio and how he almost

felt that now, even after only one year, that the studio

was starting feeling too small, then he laughed. Hardly

surprising as the room was full of large paintings ‘on

the go.’

My allotted time with Ian was shorter than last years

visit, as my scheduled UK visit was packed with

appointments and other public obligations. Not that

the self imposed time limitation mattered so much.

Ian and I have kept in touch over the year and I felt

we both sort of ‘knew’ each others view of Art and

especially our shared opinions on a belief in the

‘progression’ and ‘direction’ of Art was going as we

move further into the 21st century.

This visit was all about his new work and how he

felt his own painting process had progressed or had

changed since last we met face to face.

The room was full canvases and a host of small

paintings which he said were the ‘grounding’ for the

large pieces.


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The Table by Edouard Vuillard. 1902

Ian, an accomplished draughtsman, kept to his system of careful charcoal studies of a chosen subject,

before he moved to oil on canvas. These drawing, which to my mind, were works of art in themselves, were

scattered about the studio tables, clearly showing his interest in both ‘interiors’ and the natural environment. I was

also very aware of Ian’s interest of Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940), an interest I shared, ever since I saw that French

post impressionist work in the ‘Nabis’ room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC (way back in 1989).

We both agreed that Vuillard early work was more vital, experimental and dynamic and far more interesting than

his later interior paintings, which tended to lean towards the decorative with detailing of the interiors he painted.

These later Vuillard paintings were also populated by his close friends (note: and women that he admired, but

always from a distance). Ian had also made space and transferred his large library of Art books to his new studio

from the onset of taking up residence in his new space. Which was to be expected considering his passion of

continuing with his studies of painters from the past, a good indication of a serious artist, one who thinks and sees

Art as a progression with lessons learnt from the past and as a vehicle for constant future discovery.

.

“I feel more and more that my work is an evolving set of experiments, all

of which are leading me to towards new-abstraction, actually more so

than ever before...”

..that comment did confirm my own thinking, as I was able to get up really close to the recent large canvases he had

been working on. The amount of work he put into these pieces was evident. Working and re-working the surface

until the original imagery was totally absorbed with subtle colour changes and energetic brush strokes that were

loaded with colour and confidently placed in new areas of oil paint, and put in just the right place.

Despite all this input of energy, the overall painting was deliciously delicate in appearance, with colour lines and

tones that clearly shown to me the intimate relationship that Ian has developed with his colour palette over the last

year. To me was closer than ever before, I thought, to myself.


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Over the last year, Ian has had a number of successful exhibitions in both the North West and London, and his

work is becoming appreciated not only by art collectors, but his fellow artists, of which I am one. His dedication

to original drawing (studies) and direct oil painting is to be admired and stands as a shining example for other

painters to emulate.

In the digital world of today, I fear that many young artists confuse or do not appreciate, the very real difference

between using iPads and/or smart phones as a photographic reference directly, sort of digital sketch books, as

opposed to the intimate and deeper understanding of the subject matter, to be painted, one that is achievable by

actual ‘eye’ to ‘object’ observation (and interpretation) and physically drawing the chosen subject on location. In

the case of Ian, this natural inspired gathered knowledge is initially utilised totally until the canvas develops with


“I would love to paint that..! ”

time and becomes an autonomous work of art.

We sat in the studio and drank a cup

of coffee whilst chatting about Art and

artists we both knew of and how the

environment affects the painter in general.

His love of nature has always been a

thread that has run through Ian’s work,

with occasional diversions now and then,

like his city series of paintings or another

series inspired by literature. However,

nature still held the strongest hold on Ian’s

psyche and his output of work. He

confessed to me that he felt a need for a

change of ‘place’ to stimulate and increase

his painterly approach, perhaps in a fresh

and different way. A change maybe being

as good as a rest, you could say.

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He had reacted to a social media post

I had made a month or so ago. It was a

photograph of the surroundings of Studio

5 (in Sweden) my home ground. It was

here that I had made a firm decision to

take regular daily walks in the forests last

September.

And quite naturally took snap shots of

the forest occasionally (mainly of my

neighbours dog, Benny, who not only

accompanied me every day, but provided

the obligation I needed to ensure it

became a regular exercise. Ian had spotted

one of these posts and commented that he

would love to paint it [the forest].

It came as a surprise to me that he asked, in a serious way, if that would be possible. Of course I responded positively

and said that he would be very welcome to stay at my home and use my studio, if he wished. I then realised that I, like

most humans, forgot where I live and what the local environment offered me. I’d become blind to what was right there

on my own doorstep, and especially considering that I too was a painter, that came as a surprise too.

Ian stimulated me to consider not only that point, but also the scale of work I usually work with. I had always

encouraged fellow painters to go onto ‘bigger canvases’ truly believing that the bigger the canvas, the greater the

challenge of the physical and the emotional input the work would demand and need for the work to hold the power of

capturing the viewer of it i.e to stay in front of a painting for more than the accepted period of twenty seconds, (not

untypical for the casual viewer). I then thought how I would handle a smaller canvas?

“Perhaps, trying smaller canvases would be my challenge,

And I do believe that all painters should relish a challenge....”


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Ian took me back to Preston railway station and we talked about making his visit to Sweden a reality,

something I look forward to. My return ‘visit’ to Ian’s studio not only gave me an insight into the tremendous

work he has done since 2017, but it also presented me with a serious challenge and wet my appetite to paint

where I live. Which was something totally unexpected, but eagerly anticipated, as is Ian’s visit.

...in the studio with Ian Norris, one year later article, turned out to be another future journey of discovery,

maybe for both of us....And I can’t wait for next year.

“in the studio Ian Norris..after one year later.”

Preston, Lancashire, UK, January 26th 2018

“the pleasure, the passion, the power and the panache of painting... more to come.”


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unknown painters

where and how do you

exhibit your work?

It is not unnatural for any Artist, especially painters, to want

to show their work in public.

The high street Galleries are the most desired spaces of

course, however, the sheer number of artists wanting to break

into the small world of high street representation is not easy.

Most times ‘getting a show’ is a case of knowing the right

person to recommend ones work

to a specific gallery. In fact a few artists go out

of their way to ‘snuggle-up’ to other

Artists who are already represented

by a gallery, just to gain

a foothold or at the

very least, have their ‘new friend’

put in a good word in the right

direction.

Hence the mass use of social

media- making friends on Face

Book is easy quick and

inexpensive.

Of course the Art needs to be good,

or different, or even perhaps commercial, for a gallery

to even consider giving you a shot, especially if you are

unknown, or haven’t a glowing reference or certification

from an Art institution or a recognised art academy.

The other problem artists (painters) face today is similarity

of work. A good example is the thousands of Landscape

Paintings, most created in a contemporary style, this genre of

art is among the most created by painters in the UK, as are

Abstract Paintings - Not surprisingly, only

a few of these works will ever see the light of

day within a high street gallery, who,

generally try to build a ‘stable’ of artists that have

work which doesn’t compete with each other.

For them it’s good business sense to spread

the type of work they hold, to enable them

to satisfy the different tastes of their collectors,

ones that they have on their mailing list.

“...do you want to live off your Art, or do you want to

live for Art?


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vanity galleries, (pay for exhibiting space)...

...are they worth it?

Another problem painters have to deal with is the quite eccentric habit of high street galleries accepting the

same artists that are already being represented in a number of other galleries - This situation only exacerbates

the difficulties for the newbie and reduces the possibilities of a ‘fresh’ artist to be offered the opportunity of an

exhibition to introduce their work to the buying public.

So, what is an alternative to the favoured High Street galleries for the artists who cannot break the cycle of

rejection, however reluctant that rejection by Galleries maybe. The so called ‘Vanity’ galleries have been

around for decades and over the last two decades they have sprouted up everywhere (globally), in one form or

another. It is rarely they that are bothered or (overly) concerned about the quality of the artists work, the ones

who wish to pay them for their space.

This type of gallery is in the business of renting ‘the space only,’ usually in a well located high street shop,

for a profit. They use a branded banner on the outside and send out invitations of ‘applications,’ usually from

commercially acquired mass emailing lists of artists, ones that are gleaned from, you guessed it, social media

platforms. Some advertise directly on Face Book, or Twitter or others, with attractive wording that will entice

the Artist to go one step further and start a conversation with their ‘curator’ (read Salesman). It’s only when

you actually read the ‘deal’ that you discover that it will cost a ‘shit-load’ of your own money, that you begin to

temper the ego and dreams of exhibiting in a gallery, with that of temper the ego and dreams of exhibiting in a

gallery, with that of your own financial reality. (note: Paid for Fairs are similar in cost construction, except you

are, sort of, *guaranteed an audience - *unlike vanity gallery exhibitions).

Those who are brave and drown out the ‘money’ objection being screamed at them for all corners, convince

themselves that they will ‘break even’ financially- if only given the chance, but usually they have either,

miscalculated the cost, or are unaware of what it takes to ensure a reasonably successful ‘selling’ exhibition.

Or they simply cannot get past the artistic ‘blue-sky’ thinking syndrome. Not so long a go I did a cost

analysis of exhibiting in a ‘pay-for-space’ gallery.

This was based on out of City centre locations with reasonably accurate costs for space, marketing,

transportation and so on. The final figure came out at a cost (to each artist in the case of a shared space)

for a 5 to 6 day exhibition of around £3500. (Large City centre space was nearer double that price, when I

looked further into it). That’s a lot of painting to sell, based at the market average price for a half decent

sized canvas for an unknown painter, at the lower (attractive) ‘stip-end’ market price level of around £350

each. An alternative is to apply to join a co-operative group of fairly established artists. For a relatively small

annual fee (around £250) the problem here is finding a co-operative that doesn’t have hundreds of members.

As the rotation of exhibitions, (within a fixed space), can mean that the reality is you actually only ever

attain one solo show, at best, once every other year. And the visitors are usually made up of the rest of the

‘artist’ members, who rarely buy each others work.


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However, it is a social network and probably worth the money, if nothing else you can name the ‘Gallery’ on the

‘exhibited’ tab on your website. And secure a plethora of artists friends who are in the same boat as you, and could

conceivably help to get your work, and name, around the general art world scene.

...how about selling on the internet and creating a virtual reality set of

exhibitions on your own website?

Sure, but I would suggest for that to be really successful, (i.e. selling on a regular basis for a consistent period of time)

the artist will need a very good e-commerce enabled website (i.e. one that is not cheap to acquire and maintain) - And

spend a great deal of time making strategic posts on social media - Or hire someone to do that specific task, and with a

regular advertising budget. In this case I would suggest an annual budget for Marketing and PR of in excess £3000 per

annum, for doing it all yourself, or £5000 to £8,000 annually, to hand this ‘job’ over to a professional full time SEO and

art marketeer to do it for you. Who will no doubt, not give you any guarantee of a return for your money. Or, enter a

compettion and get noticed by winning it?

And why not, that’s if you can live with the rejection element, nine out of ten times of entering them, that according

to their pre-publicity, ‘give You the chance of lifetime’ to be internationally famous. Let’s be honest here, it’s a bit of

lottery. The important thing to remember is, who are the judges? Usually there is an academic, a curator, another well

known person who knows (not a lot) about art and the winner from the previous years competition. So the winning

entries are somewhat vacuous in their preferences because of their own bias to one form of art or another.

There again, if you actually ‘win’ or come second or third, what does it bring you? Well, if it’s a National

Competition,’ then about 15 minutes of fame and a commission from the sponsors of the Competition, and loads of

Facebook likes and messages of congratulations. Plus, maybe 3 minutes on a You Tube video interview or a feature in

your local newspaper. The rest of the smaller comp’s are really a bit like Vanity Galleries, except they don’t make so

much money. It can cost around £30 to enter three paintings to an ‘average’ competition - And if you are short listed

you have to physically take your paintings to a central point - for ‘further judging’ and then schlep them back again

(when rejected), which can cost you up to ‘whatever’- depending how far away you live form the nominated place of

‘drop-off’. The on line ‘competitions, to my mind, are simply a money gathering exercise, full stop. And in my opinion,

are really not worth bothering with (unless they are free to enter of course). If my experience(s) of ‘unknown’ Artists

exhibiting endeavours, ones that I have come to discover or hear of, over these last 40 years in the Art world, sounds

to be full of negative thinking and perhaps a little depressing, well that may well be true, but I have tried to be down

to earth, and look at the whole arts selling ‘ball game’ realistically. To balance that train of negativity and on a more

positive note, there is another and I think I know a way of exhibiting your

Art at a reasonable cost, a far better way than vanitiy galleries or competitions....

. . .I’ll tell you all about it, in the next issue of Tubes................. Spike’ © painters Tubes. 2017


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Colin Jellicoe

55 years in an artists run Art Gallery

the story of the Artist and Gallerist Colin Jellicoe

Five years ago (2013) the Colin Jellicoe Gallery held an exhibition celebrating its

50th anniversary. If you don’t know the Gallery that well, it is located in the centre of

Manchester on Portland Street. You would be forgiven for walking past the gallery as

it doesn’t have a obvious large frontage and the building is quite narrow. It is tucked

in between a public house and another retailer. The entrance is down steps, which

feels almost like you are entering a cellar, it’s not that large Gallery either, but despite

those attributes, which today many professional Gallerists would see as a distinct

disadvantage, the gallery has seen many hundreds of artists who have exhibited in it

over the last 55 years. All have benefited from their showing.

The Colin Jellicoe Gallery, had a very different beginning however, it was in 1963

when Colin and Geoffrey Key (now a well known Artist, Nationally) talked about

opening a gallery whilst they painted together. Colin found a space in a two storey

building in Rusholme (a district of Manchester) in Claremont Road. Aided by his

parents

and their support Colin and Geoff decorated the room and

opened it as an Art Gallery. in April 1963.

...Ned Owens and his first wife Margot Ingham (both artists) had set up an artists

Colin painting plein air when he

was young man


a fortunate meeting of minds, or how

the Gallery came into being formed...

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gallery also, but twenty odd years before Colin opened his, their’s was called Mid Day Studios and was also in the

basement of building opposite the Manchester City Art Gallery in Moseley Street. It was the Mid-Day Studios that

gave Lowry his first solo exhibition in 1948. Colin got know Margot quite well, as she bought a number of Colin’s

paintings. One her many contacts in the Manchester art scene was Alan Behar, who had told her privately, that he

wanted to start an Art Gallery himself one day, Margot pointed Alan in the direction of Colin. They met and after a few

informal talks, formed a business partnership and moved the Rusholme Gallery to become the Colin Jellicoe Gallery, at

it’s present address in Portland Street in 1968.

So began the journey of exhibiting paintings from known and not so known Artists of the North West. Today many

readers will know the work of Geoff Key, Reg Gardner, Trevor Grimshaw, Alan Thompson and of course, Colin

Jellicoe. These were, in the early 1970’s, the young artists who were only just starting to make names for themselves.

The Gallery quickly started to become known for original fine art of quality and also for other the young artists who to

‘watch out’ for in the future.

Important Memories...

...Colin remembers the day, in the early 1970’s, that L.S.Lowry (1887-1976) visited the gallery. Colin and Lowry discussed painting

and art for over twenty minutes, until another visitor walked into the Gallery. And typical of Lowry and his dislike of mixing

socially, he jumped out from his chair saying - “I must go.” He quickly ran up the small flight of stairs and out of the doors in a

flash. Lowry was in his early eighties at that time, but still quite sprightly it seems. Another high point of the Gallery was in 1973.

The Gallery had agreed to lend Granada Television a few drawing of Trevor Grimshaw, ones that depicted the industrial environment

of the North West. This was for a TV programme about the annual Conservative Political Part Conference held in Manchester. The

then Prime Minister, (now the late) Sir Edward Heath (1916- 2005) rather liked the drawings and invited the artist, Colin and his

partner, Alan to 10 Downing street. The Prime minster actually bought two drawings of Trevor’s, which by the very nature of the

subject matter (one more associated with the Labour Party) created a stir on Fleet Street.

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The subsequent publicity helped the artist (and the Gallery) to sell over £1000 of Alan Grimshaw’s work, helping

both the artist and the Gallery.

It was in 1977 that Margo Ingham called round to the Gallery to advise Colin that he would be named as an

executor in her last will and testament. Margo passed away in 1978 and it became the responsibility of Colin’s

(and the Gallery) to ensure that two oils and four drawings by L.S.lowry were sold in benefit to the Margo Ingham

estate. The Gallery mounted that special exhibition in 1979.

Exhibitions Nationwide

Colin Jellicoe Gallery also exhibited outside of Manchester during the late seventies and early eighties - these

shows included venues the likes of, the National Theatre, The Lyric Theatre, The Royal Festival Hall, and

International Art Fairs, held in London. The Gallery also shown at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Over the years

Colin welcomed and made friends with stars of television and stage and in particular (now) Sir Ian McKellen

(b.1939) who opened the National Theatre exhibition for the Gallery in 1979. Colin, now in his 76th year,

remembers and is very thankful to the many people who have supported and helped the Colin Jellicoe Gallery

through the 55 years of its trading. Here is a shortened version of the list of them that Colin personally thanked on

that 50th anniversary exhibition in 2013. ‘Brenda Procter, Joy Kelly, Paul Star, Arto, John Bratby, Martin Dobson,

Granville, Reg Gardner, Clive Head, Geoff Key, Jackie Mitchell, John Picking and Larry Wakefied - just a few of

the many individuals and artists who came to know and befriend both Colin as an individual, as a fellow artist and

as a Gallerist over the last five and half decades. painters Tubes magazine are quite sure there are many many more

artists who are thankful for the opportunity given to them by Colin and the Gallery to break onto the Manchester

art scene through that small, friendly, basement Gallery, on Portland Street. Colin’s own work has been exhibited in

solo exhibitions, these include:- 1970- Monks Hall. 1974- ‘Ten Work’ Colin Jellicoe Gallery, 1981 Stockport Art

Gallery, 1981 Salford Art Gallery, Colin Jellicoe Gallery, 1985 - 2015. 1997, Buxton Museum Art Gallery. Colin

has also been part of numerous group exhibitions from 1967 through to 2017. Open exhibitions from 1965 to 2017

and Open mixed exhibitions from 1964 to 1998.

Contact details

Colin Jellicoe’s most recent paintings can be seen by visiting the Gallery from around late

March or early April onwards. visit: http://www.colinjellicoe.co.uk/gallery.html

appointments ring: 0161 236 2716. Post: The Colin Jellicoe Gallery, 82 Portland Street

Manchester M1 4QX.


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Art & Education.

speech from the opening of the “Ten of Us” exhibition

Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery

20th January 2018

introduced to the exhibition invited guests by John McCombs

Denis Taylor

Artist and Editor of painters Tubes magazine

“…It was not only a great honour for me [to be asked] to officially open this exhibition, but it was also a rare opportunity to

vocalise my own thoughts about the Manchester High School of Art.

The School has affected the lives of many artists, both directly or indirectly, in one form or another. I am one of those artists.

I was enrolled in 1962 just as the Ten Artists in this exhibition were leaving - Like me, they will have carried the schools ethos

with them for most of their lives.

The ‘Ten of Us’ exhibition is more than a show of Art, it’s a representation, or should I say more accurately, visual proof, of the

effect that the School of Art has had on Artists for well over six decades. A powerful influence that has endured and continues to

effect Artists, by way of the many ex-students who chose to become excellent Art Teachers, which the School was the catalyst

for. Education and Art is a subject which has been discussed in the corridors of power, in art institutions, academic circles and

among Artists alike. It’s a controversial subject, with many holding diametric opinions of how, or indeed if, Art should be taught

to young children at all, especially within specialised art schools.

Perhaps this exhibition will not only reignite that much needed conversation, but expand and enlighten it. Many of you here

today already know how the MSoA came into being - And how it was organised and who devised the curriculum, one that

encompassed the ‘arts’ as the main driving force behind the broad education of children from the tender age of eleven to

eighteen years old. Many of You may also be aware of how the students who left the School went on to attend further Art

Education at renown Art Schools in London and Art Colleges throughout the UK .

Having been a former student of the School it seems it was a guarantee of admittance to these institutions. An almost, automatic

inclusion that was mainly due to the schools pedigree and it’s well known and highly regarded experimental Art programs.

What many do not know is ‘‘why’ these programs were embraced so whole heartedly by all the pupils, those attended the school

from it’s concept, way back in or around 1948 and up to 1974, prior to enforced non-arts specialised education policy for all.


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So, how could an Art School possibly imbue that sort of arts philosophical way of ‘Thinking’ into young artists minds?

And not only visual artists, but writers, poets, architects, graphic and textile designers, stage and television actors and

actresses, playwrights, composers and musicians, the list seems endless.

Yes, the Art School produced all those various types of gifted individuals. Some students becoming extremely well known

through television and stage as well as the ex-students whose visual art was shown within Contemporary Art institutions and

High Street Galleries. Firstly, the School taught every student, how to write in a calligraphic way, which is an Art of clarity,

for making written communication. Secondly, the School enabled a kind of self imposed-working-discipline’ by stimulating

engagement with ‘different and interesting-art-projects’ - whilst allowing total freedom and constant encouragement for

experimentation - without judging the outcome of the Art that was created. In other words, it allowed the student to “thinkdifferent”

- “to be authentic”- and above all to be - “Original” three artistic attributes that today, seem to be increasingly,

thin on the ground .

The Manchester High School of Art was a classic case of ‘Nature and Nurture’ which was combined perfectly within a

unified small body of teachers and students. A sort of artistic symbiosis. Each of them benefitting from each other with

youthful ideas and experienced hands - coupled without any form of artistic dogma or a biased way of thinking about that

age old question:“What is Art?”

Ted Bates, Reg Calvert, Steve Capper, Neil Cochrane, David Edwards,

Phil Hughes John McCombs, Ron McSweeney, David Ralston and Harry Robertson, are just ‘Ten’ of those

ex- students, Ten of the many who received that advanced level of art education and way of creative thinking.

There of many more with a similar art process that are well worth discovering for yourself.....but today, ‘the Ten’ of them

and their Art’ will be all that is required to show you the Art that embraced the ethos of the school, the one that I have briefly

outlined. This exhibition is also a sort of visual reunion with a symphony of paintings by these Manchester High School of

Art ex-students, the Ten of them and their work together once more... exhibited in this lovely Gallery. On behalf of these

artists I encourage you to discuss not only their work, but the Artists memories of the Manchester High School of Art.

I would now like to pronounce the ‘Ten of Us’ exhibition - officially open...”

Speech delivered by Denis Taylor MSoA class of 1962


“welcome home

Ellis and Mary Markendale.”

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above: painting of Ellis and Mary Markendale before restoration. ©Ordsall Hall.

written by Caroline Stoor

Heritage Development Manager

Ordsall Hall & Salford Museum and Art Gallery

‘Never been seen before’ historic portraits return to the home they left over 130 years ago.

Ordsall Hall is the one of the oldest surviving houses in the UK. From the 1100s up until the 1970s, it has always been

lived in. One of its fascinating characteristics is that is has had so many different inhabitants - from medieval Lords of

the Manor, to Tudor Knights of the Realm, “dangerous temporisers” of the Catholic faith to protestant priests in training,

Victorian mill owners to the pre-Raphaelite artist Frederic Shields.

One family that lived at the Hall, and who ran its surrounding farm, from 1815 to 1871 were the Markendales. Originally

from Skipton, Yorkshire, the Markendales were famed in the Manchester and Salford area for being prominent and

prosperous butchers, tanners and skinners.

This story centres around 2 main characters: Ellis and Mary. On August 3, 1813, Ellis Markendale (1790-1853) married

Mary Shiers (1790-1864.) Together, Ellis and Mary raised a family of three sons and six daughters

at Ordsall Hall. In 2011, two portraits were discovered in an out-building of a farm in Cumbria, literally rotting away,

having not seeing the light of day for decades. With torn canvases, the pictures were covered in bird excrement, black

with dirt and surrounded by crumbling, gilded frames. The portraits spoke of a wealth gone by, and a story untold. The

Cumbrian farmer, a direct descendant of the Markendales, contacted the curator at Ordsall Hall as he thought that the

portraits may have a connection with the Hall. The farmer donated the portraits to the Hall in 2012.


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When the Markendales first moved into Ordsall Hall, they only lived in part of it. It was not until 1850 that they took on the

tenancy of the whole Hall and became the sole residents of the manor house.

It is likely that the two portraits were a direct response to the Markendales’ new found status and were commissioned to reflect

their prominence in local society at that time. We know that Ellis was painted in 1851 by the artist William Scott. William Scott

(1797-1862) was a portrait painter born near Leicester, England. He came from a humble background and painted portraits of

those with enough money to sit for him mainly in Leicestershire, Manchester and Liverpool. He exhibited in The Ro salforyal

Academy, London, and at The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. An article written by “Country Life” in the 1860s describes the

portrait of Ellis

as a “superb piece of work.” Ordsall Hall and Salford Museum and Art Gallery do not own any other works by the artist

William Scott. Being a Royal

Academician, Ordsall Hall is keen

to include the restored portrait of

Ellis in its major exhibition in 2018,

which will be delivered in partnership

with The Royal Academy as part of

its two hundred and fiftieth birthday

celebrations.

The portraits of Ellis and Mary

Markendale are significant historical

works of art in that they represent

unique examples of a surviving

physical link to a very prominent

Salford family who once lived and

worked at Ordsall Hall. In Ordsall

Hall’s ownership, there are no

surviving, original paintings of any

of the past residents of the Hall – and

it has had many inhabitants since the

1100s.

The portraits give us so many visual

clues as to the status of the Markendale

family, as Scott painted the Hall in

the background of the portraits, the

pictures also reveal much about the

condition of the Tudor mansion house in the mid-nineteenth century. The paintings are of historical value because of their

unique Ordsall provenance and they tell a story that no other pieces in the Hall’s collection can. Thanks to generous funding from

The Charles Hayward Foundation, The Skinners’ Company Lady Neville Charity, The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund and

the Friends of Salford Museums Association, Ordsall Hall was able to commission talented conservators from the Lancashire

Conservation Studios to conserve the portrait of Ellis Markendale. They secured the flaking paint, removed the dirt and bird

droppings, repaired the torn canvas fibres and filled the paint losses by in-painting with fine ground pigments. The carved,

gold leafed frames that surround both portraits have been restored thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Unsigned,

the painting is believed to be the work of the same artist – William Scott In the portrait, Mary is seated in the Oriel Window

in the Great Hall of Ordsall Hall. The paintings will be unveiled at a special event to be held in Ordsall Hall’s Great Hall on

Thursday March 15 6pm - 7.30pm. The ceremonial Mayor of Salford will be in attendance, as will figures from the Salford and

Manchester art fraternity and surviving members of the Markendale family.

Speeches from Denis Taylor, Editor of painters Tubes magazine, and Stefanie Trow, a known contemporary artist. The event will

be a fantastic occasion to see the ‘never been seen before’ portraits and to kick start the fundraising to fully restore the portrait of

Mary Markendale. Please come to the grand unveiling on March 15 .

We would love to see as many people there as possible. For more information, please contact Ordsall Hall on 0161 872 0251 or

visit salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/orsallhall.

Ordsall Hall is managed by Salford Community Leisure, a non-for-profit charitable Trust.


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“the Industrial Revolution and the Art that it inspired.”

The Art created by painters at the sharp end of the industrial revolution, was

full of honest social comment which directly related to the imbalance of in

English society.

It shown in graphic detail the brutal facts of life of workers made more

poignant by the sheer artistic genius of those artists they created these genuine

authentic paintings.

These artists finally overcame the prejudice of the art establishment and

triumphed to become respected and renown artists in their own country. In

this three part series of articles, the comprehensive detailed story is about

how these Artists, born and raised in Northern England, chose to represent

the environment and the people created by the most important revolution in

modern history.

This series was originally written and published in 2016 for an international

magazine, (Copyright of DenisTaylor 2015/16 ), few in the UK were able to

obtain that particular magazine and read the published articles. The Editor

has decided to expand the depth of the articles, especially for painters Tubes

magazine UK. These will run for three issues beginning in issue #8 (2018).

photograph: Ancoatss, Manchester

original b/w ©Manchester Libraries


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Gallery exhibition announcement

When artist Chris Cyprus first tried to capture

the magical colours of twilight in his beloved

Mossley, little did he know he was painting the

first of a series that would span over a decade,

run to 250 images and see him featured on prime

time BBC.

That series, called Northern Lights - instantly

recognisable for its palette of striking blues,

oranges and yellows - is now at an end. And

an exhibition at Contemporary Six near

Manchester’s Albert Square, will showcase 36

paintings, including the final composition.

The premise of the series is simple: scenes

of everyday northern life illuminated by both

the setting sun and the distinctive warm glow

of sodium street lighting. The subject matter

is down to earth and instantly relatable, from

pubs and chippies to bus stops, garages and

back alleyways And it quickly became apparent

that many others besides Chris – a former selfemployed

builder - were fascinated by the play

of natural and artificial light as the street lamps

first come on at the end of the day.

People loved the Gorton-born artist’s

unsentimental blend of northern grit and cosy warmth and prices started to rise from just £200 a painting at the start of the series to

the £450-£5K plus he now commands. One local patron has 15 of his tableaux dotted around their home (“It looks like a gallery,”

quips Chris), whilst a fan in Germany tops this

with 18 in their collection. The self-taught painter

has aficionados as far afield as the United States

and Australia - a combination of expats and

starry-eyed holidaymakers who wanted to take a

slice of the UK home with them.

Since 2005, Chris has captured the beginnings of

nightfall at settings around Greater Manchester,

including Saddleworth, Duckinfield, Oldham,

Ramsbottom, Mossley and Stockport, where he

lived for a time as a child. Further east, paintings

feature corners of Staithes, Robin Hood’s Bay,

Holmfirth and Huddersfield in Yorkshire. “One

of the luxuries of being based in Pennine country

is my close proximity to a wide range of striking

locations,” he said. “The UK is truly beautiful

in parts and the diversity of its landscape keeps

pulling me back”. But in 2015, his relationship

with his Northern Lights series took on a new

intensity.


Chris Cyprus, Northern Lights

Sat 10 March - Sun 1 April 2018 Preview Sat 10 and Sun 11 March 11am-5p

Contemporary Six, 37 Princess Street, Manchester M2 4FN

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Chris discovered that a UK-wide Government programme to replace the evocative orange sodium bulb in street lighting

with more environmentally friendly LEDs was already under way.

His labour of love now became a race against time and Chris vowed to complete 250 pictures against the clock. “My

painting took on a new significance,” he said. “I felt like I was chronicling the end of an era. I’m fully supportive of the

green credentials of the new lighting – and the cost saving for cash strapped councils across the forgotten north – but I

won’t half miss those magical moments when the orange street lamps crank up at dusk.”

It was during this period

that researchers from the

BBC1 programme ‘The

One Show’ got in touch.

The producer’s idea was

to capture a street scene

before and after the

change-over of the bulbs.

Their chosen location

was a hilly avenue of

neat terraced houses in

Ramsbottom . After the

broadcast went out last

October, Chris’s fanbase

went through the roof

and he sold almost all the

remaining pictures in the

series.

“It was really hard

to say to people they

were almost gone,” he

said. “I’ve never known anything like it. It was both a blessing and a curse.” But despite the new wave of interest in

the series, Chris is still certain it’s time to move on...“...“I’m evolving as an artist all the time and needed to seek new

ventures,” he said. My biggest fear has always been becoming complacent. I couldn’t live with myself if I became a

pastiche painter of a bygone age. I don’t know what’s next. I’m always experimenting. I like to paint seasonally, so

maybe my inspiration will come in the spring.”

The final painting, a scene which depicts the outside of his millbased

studio in Mossley, is one of the 36

in his closing exhibition.

The exhibition opens on Saturday 10 March

at Contemporary Six, Manchester, M2 4FN

The gallery will also be selling 250

numbered and signed limited edition books

based on the series of paintings.


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Gallery feature.... COLONY in Rochdale

This new gallery, situated in Rochdale, on the outskirts of Manchester, opened its doors only in late

2017. The showcase opening exhibition shown paintings and ceramics by known and unknown artists.

The Gallery owners, Anthony Cosgrove and Richard Fitton have had a working relationship for some

time as an Agent and Painter. Anthony is a long time and avid Art collector and something of an expert

on Art from the North West of England. Richard is a young dynamic artist who has experienced much

acclaim since his first major show at Castlegatehouse Gallery in Cumbria.

painters Tubes magazine’ first visited the Gallery as it was being converted from its previous use

(automotive repair building) to a very well designed two story exhibition and studio premises. Today the

visitor is greeted by paintings in the entry hall which has warm subdued lighting and paintings on the wall

illuminated with spotlights. As you walk up a few steps the gallery opens into a number of rooms where

ones attention is grabbed by the excellent original artwork placed sympathetically around the walls.


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The vsitor can wander around the two rooms for some time before venturing up another flight of stairs, again with paintings

positioned strategically on the wall, inviting the visitor to take a leisurely pace, before entering the large bright with a ‘ceramic-art

installation.’ The ceramics are cleverly placed on a central multi-level platform shown within a brightly lit large space. Colony

gallery is a place where the art lover can spend an hour of two viewing, enjoying and talking about the Art and the Artists in detail

with Anthony, and Richard, and as you would expect, both have extensive background knowledge on the

Artists that the Gallery represents.

The ambition of the Gallery is to bring to the publics attention to Artists that may otherwise not had the opportunity to be

represented by a Gallery of this statute before. Along with Art which is drawn not only Anthony’s collection, but also from

selected original paintings by Richard Fitton, many of which are his past work paintings, but there is no doubt he also plans to

show some of his future work within group exhibitions from new and exiting artists.

Colony is a gallery, that because of it’s location and the gallery owners ethos, makes it unique in the Rochdale area. And no doubt

local artists view this new space as a much needed addition to the local culture and art scene in the Rochdale area. Colony will

be adding new artists work to their current stable of artists which include, Richard Fitton, Michael Kelly Colin Beckett John

McCombs, Russel Howarth,Shirley Fletcher Lanty Ball (Ceramics) and Timothy Copsey (Ceramics). They also offer the Colony

Collection of Art which includes work from, Miles Richmond, Peter Prendergast, Arthur Berry, Kenneth Lawson, Dame Laura

Knight and Gyorgy Gordon.

The next major exhibition at Colony is currently being planned, Anthony has indicated to painters Tubes that this will be towards

the middle or the end of April the exact dates will be announced in late March.

Colony Gallery, Rugby Road, Rochdale, OL12 0DZ.

www.colonyart.co.uk - facebook.com/TheColonyArt - Contact for private views or other enquiries by

emailing: ant@colonyart.co.uk - mobile: 007740 625635 or,

richard@colonyart.co.uk mobile- 07841 483708


48UK edition issue # 7

TUBES

magazine for Art, Artists and Art Galleries

painters

“the pleasure,passion,

power and

the panache of painting.”

exclusive interviews:

Colin Halliday

Richard Fitton

Patrick Blower

Ian Norris

cover painting by Richard Fitton

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