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Notes for Editors.

New Exhibition - April 2006

Wednesday 17 May - Sunday 18 June 2006

The Clown’s Progress

Work by David Wright, Andrew Livingston & George Morris

ArtsMill Gallery was established in June 2003 and is a not-for-profit arts space, run entirely by volunteers. The aim of the gallery is to bring high quality work by internationally-renowned and emerging artists to the region as well as exhibiting the work of local and regional artists. Exhibitions have included work by Paula Rego, Frank Auberbach, Bridget Riley, Goya and Quentin Blake as well as work by Yorkshire-based artists Neil Pittaway, Simon Manfield and Claire McNamee

David Wright: born Birmingham, 1929.

On leaving school David was drafted into the RAF, spending two years in Signals. On his release he gained entrance to the Slade where he came in contact with Coldstream, Claude Rogers, Buckland Wright, Reg Butler and others, proceeding to Birmingham College of Art to acquire an ATD in addition to his Diploma in Fine Art.

Thus followed a varied professional career; architectural designer; textile designer; radio and television; and teaching on Art Foundation courses at Wolverhampton College of Art, Kidderminster College and then Wakefield College, where he was head of the School of Art until its transformation into the Faculty of Performance Media and Arts, which he helped create in 1993. He gave up that position in February 1994 and now concentrates on his painting. His studio is in Linden Mill where he has been the mainstay of the Artsmill Gallery since its inception in 2003.

Andrew Livingston & George Morris

Often surreal, certainly bizarre, Livingston & Morris are artists with an extraordinary take on the modern world.

Andrew and George met in 1985 whilst working at Hull Truck Theatre Company. Both became disillusioned after many years in the industry, left within six months of each other and began painting. Their first paintings were based on ‘show biz’ and entertainment – cynical but humorous representations of the falseness of the business. During this period both were listening to the music of Frank Zappa and began working on a series of paintings inspired by his songs, which culminated in Paintings Inspired by the Music of Frank Zappa (2003). This was followed by an exhibition of paintings reflecting the obsessive and ridiculous side of human nature in The Collectors (2005). This was the first time they had worked jointly on paintings.

“Our style and colour palettes are similar, but we do bring different things to each piece which seem to be complementary and so work well together. The work tends to grow organically as the paintings progress. Sometimes the work is inspired by music, as in the case of the Zappa paintings, or ideas can be sparked by something in the news or events in history that seem particularly relevant today. Humour is very important in our work and we both share a similar sense of humour which makes working jointly quite an easy thing to do. The work is often quite surreal and bizarre but most of all, we hope, humorous.”

Andrew Livingston: born Carlisle, 1956

Left school and went to Art College, but was lured into acting, appearing notably in many theatre, television and film productions (including Victoria Wood’s Dinner Ladies, London’s Burning and The Full Monty.) Returned to painting 6 years ago.

George Morris: born Brighton, 1966.

Lighting Designer on National and International Theatre productions, for companies including Major Road, Hull Truck, The Theatre of Comedy and Hampstead Theatre. George began painting 6 years ago.

Coming Soon - New Exhibition

9 February - 20 March 2005
Wed - Sun, 11am - 4pm

The Collectors
New Work by George Morris & Andrew Livingston


Images of the work

Electronic images are available of some of the paintings as Jpegs.

The artists

Andrew Livingston and George Morris have been working collaboratively as artists for the last 3 years. Previous work includes a series of paintings on the entertainment industry. Their most recent collaboration was 'Couch Potatoes' which featured in the 2003 Hebden Bridge Sculpture Trail at Hardcastle Crags.

Frank Zappa

Born Dec 21 1940 in Baltimore. One of the most original and yet complex figures to emerge from American rock culture and hailed by some music critics as a genius, he came to prominence in the early 60s with his band, the Mothers of Invention, with what he called 'sonic mutilations'.

His huge body of work - more than 60 albums since 1966 - embraces heavy metal, jazz-rock, blues-rock, R & B, Country doo-wop, big band suites, avant-garde and orchestral music. His classical chamber music and orchestral compositions have been conducted by Zubin Mehta and Pierre Boulez. The Lyons Opera Ballet of France commissioned choreographers to create dances to his music.

Targets of his lyrics included sexual mores, the music industry and the education system. He backed up his words with political activism, taking on the then Senator Al Gore's wife, Tipper, over her efforts to curb access to records with raunchy lyrics.

In testimony before the congressional panel in 1985 he ridiculed her assertion that lyrics promoted deviant behaviour saying:

"I wrote a song about dental floss but did anyone's teeth get cleaner?"

He died 4 December 1993, aged 52 of prostate cancer.

Bradford Gallery & Yorkshire Craft Centre

This 4 million development, made possible through an Arts Council of England Lottery Award and the European Regional Development Fund, was opened in March 2000 by the Rt Hon Chris Smith MP, the then Secretary of State for Culture.

The Centre includes a full range of craft workshops including hot glass, jewellery and bronze casting, the beautifully refurbished 300 square metre Bradford Gallery, which still retains the charm of its origins as a dye house, as well as a stylish Cafe Bar. The Bradford Textile Archive, containing some of the most inspiring fabric and design samples to be found in Europe, completes the provision. Within the extensive collection there are rare original samples of dress fabrics designed by Salvador Dali as well as an exquisite selection of the textiles of India dating from 1868 which were donated to Bradford by the Secretary of State for India.

The Centre forms part of Bradford College's School of Art, Design and Textiles, whose former pupils include internationally acclaimed artists David Hockney and Andy Goldsworthy.

The works of Andrew Livingston and George Morris
27 April 2006