Sunday, 17 October 2010
Susan Meyerhoff Sharples’ an international artist is based at Elevator studios Liverpool, was born and educated in the Merseyside area gaining a first class honours degree in Fine Art from John Moores University, Liverpool. In 2004 she was awarded a Fellowship from Wirral Art School.
Her work is concerned with evolution, provocative defence systems and the primal instinct for survival achieved via diversity and adaptation. Repetition is a constant element in the work: repetition within diversity and diversity within repetition.
She creates hybrid sculptural forms exposing a glimpse of evolutionary fantasy, suggesting relationships between ancient organisms and their modern descendants. Their ambiguity reflects cultural, social and environmental concerns of identity, protection, genetic engineering and global warming. Viewed from a playful perspective, they transform a materials utilitarian functionality into mythical forms linking prehistoric with futuristic.
Recent work, Cultural Crossing Series has been supported by World Museum, Bluecoat Liverpool, Atelierhaus Salzamt Austria, Ars Electronica Austria, Maerz Kunstlervereinigung, Austria, Sinebrychoff Gallery, Finland.
Exhibitions, commissions and collections include: America, UK, Eire, Canada, Spain, Austria and Israel.
Larger outdoor sculptures can be seen at:
Lancelyn Green Sculpture Garden, Poulton Hall Wirral.
The Woman’s Hospital, Liverpool.
The Leonardo Centre, Neston, Wirral.
South Wirral High School. Wirral.
Hope University, Liverpool.
Mount Pleasant Gardens, Cheshire.
BA Hons Fine Art
Jane Hughes was born and educated in Liverpool, gaining a first class honours degree in Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University.
Since November 2008, Hughes has been involved in a documentary project at Liverpool Hope University where she has been Artist in Residence. This follows a similar archival project at Liverpool John Moores University.
Hughes’ work has been shown in a number of juried national and international exhibitions. During October/November 2010, a series of her drawings will be featured in an internationally selected exhibition in the Czech Republic.
Hughes’ landscape paintings are all developed from on-site drawing and note making, never using a camera in preference to a much longer engagement with the real experiences of being there.
This may involve moving through, or simply sitting reflectively in the landscape. Sometimes a series of drawings emerges as a finished statement, and at other times they become part of an evolving and reductive process, resulting in acrylic paintings.
Hughes’ paintings concern the purity of the experience, often with all recognisable shapes being stripped away to leave the landscape represented by simple bands of colour.
"The Language of Colour
Painting Colour has been my chosen method of artistic self expression for the last ten years or so. Through the language of abstract colour combinations I attempt to evoke a glimpse of past experience. Using translucent paint is a means of allowing the colour to build in intensity while also allowing the previous mark-making to be seen.Working on a large scale allows me to become absorbed into the colour and generates an intuitive response allowing further creative development.
Printmaking formed a large part of my working process throughout my years at University but I never had the same enthusiasm when leaving the easy access to a printing press, upon graduating. Working mostly upon canvas, painting in acrylics employs many aspects of the printing process.
I will pour, splash, sponge and imprint colour onto the surface. Paint is applied to the surface of the canvas and can be scraped, scoured, sponged, wiped away or applied in thick opaque areas to cover over the previous painting. Colour intensity develops within the translucent layers.
With colour I am attempting to convey my own experience of humanity. Using the confines of the stretched canvas as the rigid boundary of my expression I concern myself with colour and the structure of a balanced composition. Over several layers the colour develops intensity and allows me to become absorbed into the colour.
Christine O’Reilly Wilson
Wendy Williams: About here at MerseyBIO
Wendy Williams studied Fine Art in Birmingham and took additional further studies later on in Liverpool, in both Community Arts and Interior design.
She has won several awards for her work and has been involved in artist exchange programmes in the UK, Europe and America.
The mixed areas of study has enabled her work to evolve and adapt from the painterly order of earlier years, to the more recent combinations of mixed media.
A concern for the environment has been the basis for this recent body of work. Working primarily with recycled materials, she uses plastic as a tool to convey the relationship between our own existence in the use of these materials with their or our follow on journey after disposal.
'A Means of Travel' was one of the works shown recently in the Independent Biennial exhibition 'about Here', at The Gallery, Liverpool. It is one of many pieces in which wings have been used to convey this personal journey.
It not only follows the literal interpretation of the Biennial integral theme of 'Touched', but conveys a sense of being 'moved' by the destructive elements of pollution.
Our next exhibition at MerseyBIO opens on Wednesday evening
in the incubator building, MerseyBIO
at the Biosciences building on Crown Street, Liverpool.
Susan Meyerhoff Sharples
Christine O'Reilly Wilson
Thursday, 7 October 2010
The exhibition "About here" is on public viewing at The Gallery in Stanhope Street, near Cains Brewery. The four artists make good use of the changeable hanging space, opening the centre up for all the work to be viewed as a whole. The show ends at The Gallery on the 17th of October. The image used on our invitation is by Billy Wilson of The Gallery, a wonderful shot of Sue Sharples piece "Follow the Spoor".