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Brahm Gallery
Private View - Thursday 8 March 2007, 6 - 8pm

Public Viewing - 9 March to 4 April 2007

Brahm Gallery, The Brahm Building, Alma Road, Leeds, LS6 2AH

Free Entry

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Current Exhibition

Wednesday 17 May - Sunday 18 June 2006

The Clown's Progress

Work by David Wright, Andrew Livingston & George Morris

Notes for editors

Dark and Violent Acts

The 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.

War, religion and the folly of man are the key themes in this satirical look at the world we live in today.

The Clown’s Progress includes 15 paintings: 7 by David Wright, and 8 by Andrew Livingston & George Morris, artists who work jointly on paintings.

The inspiration for the exhibition came from 3 earlier paintings of David Wright’s from the late 90s, which featured clowns.

“We‘d 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.”

‘‘Clowns 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.”

“They are seen as funny and entertaining, but masks and grease paint can hide dark and violent acts” adds George.

David 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 in 2001.

Working 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.

Livingston & 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.

ArtsMill 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.


The works of Andrew Livingston and George Morris
27 April 2006