Friday 3 February – Saturday 25 March 2017
dot-art Gallery celebrates its first anniversary in the beautiful 19th century Queen Avenue with a new exhibition exploring and celebrating the movement of the human body, featuring work by painter David Brightmore and sculptor Faith Bebbington and opening on 3rd February.
The Figure is the seventh show in dot-art’s new gallery and the first to feature three dimensional work. The two participating artists both address the way the human body moves and interacts with its environment. David’s Fine Art MA studies focused on the role of rhythm and gesture in painting and Faith’s sculptural practice stems from her personal experience of cerebral palsy and the restrictions this places on the movement of her own body.
David, a professional artist since 2000 who spent many years living and working Snowdonia, says of his work: ”Some people have said that maybe the figures within the paintings and drawings are self-portraits. I would not argue with that as I am trying to show my feelings of a physical relation with my immediate environment, which for the last 30 years or so has been full of mountains and hills”
Faith, who is based in Liverpool and has many public art works on display across the UK and beyond, describes her approach: “My sculptural practice stems from having cerebral palsy, a disability that is almost imperceptible to most people, but has a big impact on my daily life. My work explores the body in motion, but free of all restrictions like jumping, climbing, swimming, skydiving, free running; it’s the moment in mid-air that interests me most! My sculptures are purposely universal, often genderless figures set in space, so the viewer can focus on the action or movement of the figure. To observe and capture energetic movement I use dancers and athletes as models to help achieve dynamic sculptural sequences. It’s important to me that my artwork is accessible, aiming to spark some personal connection or recognition with the viewer.”
The Liverpool Collection
Friday 25 November 2016 – Saturday 21 January 2017
The dot-art Gallery’s Christmas exhibition, The Liverpool Collection, opens on Friday 25th November. This group show, the first in an annual series, showcases the work of over 20 locally based artists producing abstract, stylish and authentic interpretations of Liverpool and the surrounding area.
The Liverpool Collection celebrates our city’s iconic views and culture while also giving the discerning shopper the opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts and support the local creative community. Whether you have a family member who has moved away from the city and would appreciate a little bit of home, an Everton loving partner or a friend who has just moved into a new house, we have gifts for all tastes and pockets. Here are just a few…
Susan Finch creates stunning, multi-layered oil paintings of the iconic Sefton Park Palm House, full of intricate detail. If the large scale original is beyond your budget, she has also produced a limited edition of just 10 prints for the show, which are £95 each.
If you prefer your art more graphic, the work of Michael James will be of interest. His bold, contemporary lino-prints of some of Liverpool’s architectural highlights, in monochrome with chunks of primary colour, start at just £40.
Finally for the music lover in your life we have a fantastic pen and ink drawing of the Beatles by Josh Worrall. The work shows the faces of the famous four at the height of their fame; the original work is £200 and limited edition prints are available for just £40.
The exhibition continues until Saturday 21st January.
Wonderland at Cass Art
November 2016 – January 2017
Frances Broomfield creates work that has been described as ‘sophisticated naive’ with the subject matter of her paintings being inspired by imagination.
She is currently working on a series of paintings based on characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice books. Her work has featured on several book covers including Colin Dann’s Farthing Wood series. Frances has taken part in many group and solo exhibitions in the UK and the USA and her paintings are in public and private collections worldwide. Most recently one of her pictures was sold at the auction of work owned by Ringo Starr, in Beverley Hills.
Wonderland brings together a selection of Frances Broomfield’s limited editon prints available both framed and unframed from £45. The framed prints are currently on display at Cass Art (Liverpool ONE, 18 School Ln, Liverpool L1 3BT) and can also be viewed, unframed, at the dot-art Gallery on Queen Avenue.
A special thank you to Cass Art for partnering with us on this artist spotlight and supporting dot-art’s mission to make affordable art available to all.
Friday 7 October – Saturday 19 November
Whilst the subject matter of Andrew and Simons work can vary greatly, both artists are united by a common motivation – landscape and the construction of the artwork itself. For the work in this exhibition, the physical act of painting and the conscious and subconscious decisions made during the process are as important as the original subject matter.
Andrew takes his direct experience of nature as his inspiration. As wind, erosion, ageing, decay constantly alter what we see in nature, so too his paint is layered or poured, surfaces erased and reworked. He constantly struggles between allowing materials to follow their own course or directing them towards his own intuitive ends. Often his paintings do not represent a recognizable landscape, but the colours, textures and shapes of the composition evoke natural qualities of solidity, form, air and space. Traces of marks and materials are left on the surface, making the viewer aware of the act of painting as well as the innate beauty of the materials themselves. The end result is paintings which have their own unique form, with their roots in both nature and his own subjective experience.
Similarly, elements of nature can be seen in Simon’s paintings. He draws inspiration from features such as skies, mountains and seas and creates images of landscape that ebb and flow between abstraction and representation. Mark making is integral to his working method, layers of paint hang upon a skeleton of underpainting and drawing. Often what is left exposed becomes as important as what is added. Simon carefully selects the substrate he paints on for textures or characteristics that suggest the qualities of the landscape he is working with, sometimes choosing less traditional.
Topography continues until Saturday 19 November 2016.
Saturday 10 – Saturday 24 September
On Saturday 10th September, dot-art will launch a special two week exhibition by Ali Barker as part of the Liverpool #BiennialFringe. The solo show, entitled Four-Dimensional Colour, consists of a series of paintings inspired by the artist’s synaesthesia, a condition where senses are triggered by one another and allow the artist to hear colours. This unique perspective will be demonstrated through the daily painting of two ongoing works over the course of the exhibition.
This exhibition will showcase new paintings made between January and August 2016, comprising a set of “instinctive synaesthetic responses” to music and another set representing sounds translated into colours.
Since the start of 2016, artist and musician Ali has recorded a distinctive sound each day. Whether this is a musical note, a door-bell, a car horn in the distance or the rumbling of a coffee machine, each sound has then been translated into a small block of colour and added to her ever-growing portfolio of artwork.
For each month of 2016 she is composing one painting to represent the music and sounds she experiences, as a grid of coloured squares based on the layout of a calendar. Finally, she will also make a similar, but larger painting comprising all 366 notes and sounds recorded in 2016. This, and the painting of “September 2016”, will be works in progress at the time of the exhibition.
The solo exhibition will last for 2 weeks only so pop it in your diary and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Friday 15 July – Saturday 3 September
United through their shared expertise of mixed media, see abstracts, landscapes and typography artworks created with spray paint. Influenced by the medium’s movement, style, culture and function, expect bold, vibrant and contemporary compositions in this group exhibition at dot-art Gallery.
Brand new original and limited edition artworks will be available from each of the artists.
AEROSOL is part of #BiennialFringe 2016, an independent event facilitated by The Double Negative that will run alongside Liverpool Biennial 2016.
AEROSOL Live at REX, Bold Street
Thursday 14 July – Saturday 16 July
Watch Jessica Arrowsmith-Stanley create a cityscape artwork at REX on Bold Street between Thursday 14 July – Saturday 16 July.
Jessica will be composing the piece over 3 days in the display window at REX during 12pm – 3pm. Watch an original artwork being created and track her progress with #AEROSOL16
Experiments in Photography
13th May – 2nd July
Through process, composition and technique, this group exhibition of local artists showcased a diverse range of experimental photography. From David John Pearson’s warped light forms to Bryn Davies’ beautiful East Asia landscapes, Experiments in Photography demonstrated the balance between technology and nature, through both digital and analogue processes.
12th February – 23rd April
The first exhibition in dot-art’s new gallery showcases the work of 18 artist members and is designed to be a love letter to the cultural capital of the North, and perfectly summarises Liverpool’s energy and vibrancy. While there are some familiar scenes on show, several artists have chosen to represent the city in abstract or unexpected ways and it is abundantly clear from the diversity and quality of the work in the exhibition how much our city’s architecture, culture and people influence our creative community. All the artwork is for sale, with prices ranging from £25 -£2500.
15th – 25th May 2015
Portraits of Nature
Photography exhibition by Stewart Ellett at the dot-art Exhibition Space at Rex. Part of LOOK/15, Liverpool International Photography Festival.
October 2014 – May 2015
dot-art at Rex #1
From late 2014 to mid 2015, shoppers were able to visit dot-art at Rex in the lower ground floor of the old George Henry Lee building on Basnett Street in Liverpol city centre, for an ever-changing selection of limited edition and original work by our member artists starting at just £20.
20th March – 10th May 2015
Faith Bebbington Sculpture
Sculpture exhibition by Faith Bebbington at the dot-art Exhibition Space at Rex.
12th December 2014 – 6th March 2015
Liverpool in Oils
Exhibition of oil paintings of Liverpool by Joe Thompson in the dot-art Exhibition Space at Rex.
8th September – 24th October 2014
Exhibition of original illustrations and limited edition prints by renowned cartoonist Phil Disley, at the dot-art Showroom.
5th – 11th September 2014
Depictions of Land and Sea
Exhibition of paintings and prints by artists Jackie Wagg and Carol Miller at the Reader Gallery, Calderstones Park.