New Art Highlights

23 - 29 January

New Art Highlights of the week includes: Bryan Eccleshall, Alice Bradshaw, Ellen Bell and Mark Metcalfe

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'Magnificent', 2023 by Bryan Eccleshall

Bryan Eccleshall 

A5 Gouache painting of a frame that contains an animal - a cow or a goat - set against a blue sky.

Last week I watched ‘The Magnificent Seven’ for the first time in over thirty years. In fact, I was only half watching it as I was also making some small gouache paintings and occasionally looking up.

Before the action gets going – before the bandits arrive to raid the village – the hired gunmen are getting to know the villagers that they’ve been hired to protect and there’s a festival of some kind. A structure that contains an effigy of a goat or some other livestock animal is held up and shaken. against the blue sky. It’s an arresting image and one I wanted to capture.

Since the first lockdown if 2020, I have been aware that the images I make of towers, trees, angels, UFOs, ladders, and so on, have a tendency to embody what I clumsily call ‘upness’. I think it’s related to hope, but without any concession to ‘aspiration’. This image fits in with that, I think.

It’s a small painting, made at a desk at home (that is, not in the studio) using gouache and watercolour. It’s modest in size – A5 – and a bit scruffy. It’s possible that I’ll return to it to clarify a few elements and/or intensify the light, but not right away.

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Art Lab February 2023: Fracture Co. 6th February 2023 by Alice Bradshaw

Alice Bradshaw 

Location: Flecther's Mill, Dean Clough, Halifax, HX3 5AX

Art Lab February 2023
Monday 6 February 2022, 7pm
Fletcher’s Mill, Dean Clough, Halifax HX3 5AX
Presenting: FractureCo

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Gallery Watching Project, 2023 by Ellen Bell

Ellen Bell 

My ACW-funded Gallery Watching project is now in its fifth month. To read about how it is progressing please go to my blog

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Cain & his Son Enoch, 2023 by Mark Metcalfe

Mark Metcalfe

Cain and his Son Enoch 160 x 160 cm.
Oil on canvas (installation Shot)
this piece is a large canvas and was painted very speedily. I enjoy the point of departure in the handling of the colour and brushwork.
The composition has a psychedelic, Neo-gothic tinge to it that both troubles and pleases me.
I need painting to dramatically move me one way or another.
Nothing ever feels quite right as a painter and I guess it never should perhaps. A sense of the uncanny prevailing always.

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