Visit our gallery at 14 Queen Avenue in Liverpool’s commercial district, a 5 minute walk from Liverpool ONE, where we hold regularly changing exhibitions of our member artists work.
Friday 18 January – Saturday 2 March
Launching on the 18th January, the new exhibition at dot-art showcases the work of three painters whose landscape art works are autobiographical representations of their Welsh heritage and the historical interlinking of North Wales and Liverpool.
Liverpool’s connection with Wales goes far beyond proximity. Referred to by some as the capital of north Wales, the impact of the Welsh on Liverpool’s infrastructure, architecture and even accent is deep-rooted, with a long history of Welsh migration instrumental in expanding the city to include towns such as Anfield and Everton.
A key symbol of the Welsh influence is Toxteth’s ‘Welsh Streets’, built for Welsh workers migrating to the city and fondly named after Welsh towns and mountains; the silhouette of the Clwydian hills visible across the river Mersey. This exhibition aims to reflect this historical bond between Liverpool and Wales, depicting the appreciation Liverpool has for the beautiful Welsh landscape and the striking topography our neighbouring region provides for us to enjoy and explore.
Huw Lewis-Jones is a professional artist based in Liverpool with roots in Dolgellau, North Wales. Huw finds inspiration in the beauty of rural north Wales and his home in south Snowdonia. Painting in impasto layers, he demonstrates rich texture carving out the magnitude of Welsh mountains and skilfully layering colour to recreate the dramatic physical details of the landscape.
Susan Williams’ practice reflects the extraction and quarrying processes that have impacted and altered the appearance of the North Wales landscape over time. Mainly working around The Great Orme, Parys Mountain and Snowdonia regions, the generous planes of colour elicit movement and pattern across the canvas. Her abstracts are constructed from layers of painting, drawing, and print using local organic and mineral pigments overlaid with precious metals.
Dorothy Benjamin was born in New Zealand where she completed a Fine Arts degree at Auckland University before moving to Britain. Dorothy loves to explore the different landscapes strung along the Welsh coast; a palette of earthy browns and oranges capturing the quiet intensity of the landscape. Her fascination of heavy, foreboding skies evokes a visceral response in each of her signature oil pieces.
This exhibition starts on Friday 18 January and runs to Saturday 2 March. Entry is free and all are welcome.
COMING SOON – The Female Gaze: Women Depicting Women
Friday 8 March – Saturday 4 May
Launching on International Women’s Day, Friday 8th March, the new exhibition at dot-art showcases the work of three women artists, Liz Jeary, Mia Cathcart and Rebecca Atherton. Each artist depicts women in their work, capturing and exploring identity and the complex representations of women in art through diverse art forms.
Navigating the historical phenomenon of the male gaze, the three participating artists subvert the portrayal of women in art. According to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 51% of visual artists are women; however as artists the Guerrilla Girls famously stated in their art work Do Women Have To Be Naked To Get Into The Met?, in the Modern Art section of a Museum like the Metropolitan in New York, less than 5% of the artists exhibited were women, but 85% of the nudes are female. By removing the female body from the picture and concentrating on the face, we are forced to consider a new dialogue and fresh perspective of women as subjects. Using brush, embroidery and photography, this collection of work positions women as the onlookers in each piece to enable expression, energy and thought to act as the key narrative throughout the exhibition.
Mia Cathcart paints from her studio space in The Royal Standard, Liverpool. Employing a bold aesthetic in her portraits, Mia’s art purposefully plays between true representation and the abstract. By doing this, each piece experiments with the paradox of familiarity and anonymity, offering the viewer a decision to empathize a recognizable ‘other’ or to invent a character from strong, gestural brush strokes.
Liz Jeary reimagines photographs by applying colourful hand-stitch. Her photographic embroidery sometimes sees the lens turning on herself, experimenting with the representations of femininity, using stitch to extend the emotional narrative of each portrait.
Rebecca Atherton’s acrylic paintings present a magical and theatrical landscape. The women in each piece are often hybrids of human and mythological birds; juxtaposing the more traditional, nurturing role of women in nature with fantastical adaptations which alter our ability to view the subject as female.
This exhibition starts on Friday 8 March and runs to Saturday 4 May. Entry is free and all are welcome.