Private View - Thursday 8 March 2007, 6 - 8pm
Viewing - 9 March to 4 April 2007
Gallery, The Brahm Building, Alma Road, Leeds, LS6 2AH
17 May - Sunday 18 June 2006
Work by David Wright, Andrew Livingston & George Morris
and Violent Acts
Clown’s Progress, an exhibition of the work of 3 contemporary artists,
opens at ArtsMill Gallery in Hebden Bridge on Wednesday 17 May 2006 and
runs until Sunday 18 June 2006.
religion and the folly of man are the key themes in this satirical look
at the world we live in today.
Clown’s Progress includes 15 paintings: 7 by David Wright, and 8
by Andrew Livingston & George Morris, artists who work jointly on
inspiration for the exhibition came from 3 earlier paintings of David
Wright’s from the late 90s, which featured clowns.
been thinking for a long time about doing some quite political paintings
using the circus as a vehicle, “says Andrew. “When we saw
those ‘clown paintings’ of David’s, they rekindled our
interest in developing this theme.”
are clumsy and oafish, and yet fragile”, says Wright. “They
appear to care about things on the one hand and on the other hand are
roaring monsters, who don’t give a damn about anyone.”
are seen as funny and entertaining, but masks and grease paint can hide
dark and violent acts” adds George.
Wright’s paintings are unashamedly literary and theatrical. He presents
us with scenes of our social and domestic rituals, - our ‘models’
of behaviour. In evocative and technically impressive compositions these
themes are viewed through a witty and cynical eye. We observe a sad and
nostalgic array of symbols exposing the ‘hollowness’ of unrealistic
expectations. David’s last exhibition was of at Wakefield Cathedral
alongside David Wright is Andrew Livingston & George Morris. This
is the second exhibition of paintings in which Livingston & Morris
have worked jointly, further developing the style first seen in their
last exhibition, The Collectors (2005), for which they had both worked
physically on the same paintings. They had earlier presented Paintings
Inspired by the music of Zappa Exhibition (2003), working together, although
separately, on the same theme to critical acclaim.
& Morris are also well-known for their sculptural works, ‘Couch
Potatoes’ and ‘If Pigs could fly they wouldn’t need
ladders’, which have featured in the Hebden Bridge Sculpture Trails
in 2003 and 2005.
Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. For further information
contact ArtsMill Gallery, Linden Mill, Linen Rd, Hebden Bridge HX7 7DP.
Tel: 01422 843413.
The exhibition is free.