1st June – 18th June 2017
A collection of work by painter Crispin Heesom, a local artist who has exhibited work in numerous galleries around the UK and in Europe. Sitting on the borderline of figuration and abstraction, Crispin’s work bursts with colour; his use of free lines encompass the page and draw in the viewer. Visitors to City Gallery may remember Crispin’s work from Friends Through Art an exhibition of art from the Ealand and Warwick Collection and more recently in the Open Exhibition 2016.
The Resurrection of Cosmicman by James and Dina Johnson Perkins
1st July – 13th August 2017
Playful and quirky, James Johnson Perkins’ interactive work captures the excitement of childhood. With retro games such as Etch-a-sketch and Twister, the exhibition invites the audience to play, breaking down the usual conforms of the gallery space. The exhibition also features James’ highly detailed gigapans; colossal in size these works adopt familiar images of characters taken from film and media, placed frantically on backgrounds of grand cityscapes.
Russian artist Dina Johnson-Perkins' Cosmicman photographs show a classic 80's Soviet spaceman toy shown in different places around the world, also exploring similar themes surrounding nostalgia and fun. In this exhibition a little cosmonauts friend is resurrected in various poignant locations in: Nepal, Cambodia, China, UK and Russia.
Mary Fedden and Julian Trevelyan
31st August – 15th October 2017
Mary Fedden and Julian Trevelyan were husband and wife but also artists in their own right. Having met at art school the pair worked together in the same studio for over 40 years, with Mary acting as Julian’s assistant for a short period of time. Because of their close living and working relationship, notable similarities can be seen the pair’s folk paintings. Both artists share a love of simplified motifs and block colour, a trait encouraged upon Mary by her husband, whose work became increasingly deconstructed during his later years.
While Mary’s work took a more domestic approach with still lifes and images of their cat Motley, Julian’s focussed more on the outside world with visions of landscapes including Durham Wharf where the duo’s studio was located.
Glass, Light, Paint & Clay from the Graham Cooley Collection
28th October – 17th December 2017
Occupying four different spaces in the City Gallery will be the work of four individual artists from the Graham Cooley Collection. Glass, Light, Paint & Clay encompasses the breadth of media used within the Decorative Arts, including work by artists Sam Herman, Bernard Rooke, Duncan Clarke and John Maltby.
A seminal figure in the Studio Glass movement in Great Britain, Sam Herman’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is represented in many public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum. Under the compass of light, Bernard Rooke’s early work saw him fashioning lamp bases using coils and blocks of clay, creating a crossover between sculpture and applied art. Painter Duncan Clarke’s interest lies in conservation, the impact of intensive farming and industrialisation. Finally, John Maltby is a distinguished sculptor and studio potter. His primitive inspired figurative are reminiscent of totem poles and early tribal art pieces.