Previous Exhibitions at Upfront Gallery
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10th Nov 2015 - 10th Jan 2016
Artists exhibiting in the winter exhibition are Gwen Adair, Pam Pickering, Ann Haslam, John Pickering, Kate Durdy, Susan Lincoln, Sarah Cemmick, David Cemmick and Ed Org
The theme of the exhibition is inspired by the Upfront Puppet Theatre Christmas production of Alice in Wonderland - a magical and enchanting story that was written 150 years ago.
12th Sep 2015 - 8th Nov 2015
An exhibition of sculpture, ceramics and paintings in the new "Upstairs @ Upfront" gallery space. A very special exhibition for us as we were opening Upfront Gallery at the same time as Geoff and Chris Cox were beginning "Potfest". Mutual creative support has gone on over the years and we are delighted that Chris and Geoff will be giving everyone the opportunity to see a retrospective of their work. Paintings by Geoff's brother, Graham, make the exhibition a unique "Cox Experience".
Geoff, Graham & Chris Cox
Geoff and Christine Cox the organisers of the Penrith Potfests are joined by Geoff’s brother, a painter based in North Wales. This year will be Chris and Geoff’s 30th year as full time ceramic artists and they wanted to mark it with an exhibition of the work they’ve been developing over the last three decades. Graham Cox gave up a career as an art college lecturer 10 years ago to become a full time painter. This exhibition will be the first time that the Cox family have had the opportunity to do something together - a significant occasion and celebration.
"New Century Paintings"
8th Sep 2015 - 8th Nov 2015
A large-scale solo exhibition of nearly fifty paintings. Stephen has shown 2 or 3 paintings every year in our "Artists Open Exhibition" since it first began. He has become known for his light-filled landscapes and poignant paintings of the final years of steam railways (he is a fully-elected member of the Guild of Railway Artists). There is, however, very much more to Stephen's work which he hopes will be evident in this exhibition. As well as my practical skills, I have an Honours Degree in the Theory and History of Art and this has informed a lot of what I think about paintings and their underlying cultural direction. Personally, I think the Art Establishment’s continued obsession with Minimalism and Conceptual Art has done a great disservice to the public at large – who tend to find such works of little interest- and I believe they deserve better. My style, as well as realism, is much more influenced by ‘traditional’ modern art – Surrealism, Expressionism and Pop Art and has proved very popular at exhibitions- I like to think it is ‘Accessible Modern Art’. Apart from direct commissions, none of my paintings has been produced with any commercial consideration in mind, they are all ‘Art for Art’s Sake’.
Stephen had his last large scale solo exhibition at Upfront in 1999. This new show features a wide cross section of the work he has produced since then. His ‘Unique selling Point’ that no two pictures of his are alike, is very much in evidence here with broad themes ranging from light-filled landscapes to vividly-recreated railway pictures from the golden age of steam to some of the most original imaginative artworks.
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