COME SEE COMME CA - Art Gallery - EXHIBITION #001 / 2021
HOPE MILL | 113 POLLARD STREET| M4 7JA | EX DATES: 15.02.20 - 26.04.21
With the Comme Ca Art galleries at The Lowry Hotel and INNSiDE by Melia Manchester currently closed due to UK Lockdown 0.3, we decided to bring all of the artists together to showcase their most current artworks at the Comme Ca Art Gallery. We have also added Jacquline Taylor, a brand new artist to Comme Ca Art whose painting ‘Head Down To The Chippy’ featured in Grayson’s Art Club 2020 and part of the exhibition at the Manchester Art gallery.
With a passion for creating high end artworks at affordable prices, this group of seven artists are producing some of the most exciting art currently being created in Manchester. Each artist has their own unique style and whilst they stand apart from each other they also compliment each other, creating a vision of beauty, colour and light throughout the gallery.
For more information on the artworks in exhibition, please contact Claire Turner, Gallery Director.
Rachael’s paintings are dynamic, highly tactile, flamboyant, cohesive, and show her remarkable talent for both blending and diversifying colour. She uses a variety of alternative and unconventional materials instead of paint brushes to build up layers of paint, which give a hint, of often spectacular landscapes, seascapes, built up areas, or weather patterns. Indeed, she often uses understated colours to create a sense of calm.
Her teenage life in Asia, particularly in Thailand and Hong Kong is the influence often perceived in her work. Picture her on a Thai beach experimenting mixing paint, sand, fine coral, seaweed, and salt water to develop an extraordinarily colourful canvas.
John Cake is a child of 70s/80s North West England, where punk was a spirit, not a pose. Where Hip Hop, House and Techno resonated and thrived (DIY, scally, remix, laugh).
John’s paintings plunder the symbols of conservatism, capitalism, class, masculinity and religion, to deconstruct the images and language of the societal systems that attempt to define and control us.
He mines this wealth of source material, revelling in its leftovers, errors and redundancies. John flip’s between digital and analogue techniques to abstract, clip, glitch and layer these elements. They coalesce into a wild-style-graffiti-map, a calligraphic, vibrant web of visual snippets that resist and relinquish power.
Artist and printmaker Phil Constable works by layering images via screen print, utilising half-tone photography, symbols, mark making with gold and silver gilding on various surfaces including paper, board, and glass.
Documenting industrial sites and spaces, often focusing on trace images created by construction markings and/or graffiti that has often been covered or ‘painted out’ poorly. Phil finds these images and incorporates them as part of a readymade dialogue between the mediums of the mechanically reproduced image and the brush.
Multi-layered imagery encourages the viewer to visually explore the surface, the texture, and depth within the work echoing time and memory.
Rebecca Davy’s primary concern when creating her artworks is the act of painting itself. Her focus is on what she describes as ‘the seductiveness and sensuousness of pushing paint on canvas’. She is particularly attracted to painting the colourful, the ephemeral and the kitsch, constructing paintings with a strong element of light and colour that satisfies both the subject and its medium.
Rebecca’s talent and confidence in the use of oil paint creates a new realm between the kitsch and the hyper real. Rebecca is one of the most accomplished artists working with oil paint on the current Manchester art scene.
Jamie Jones is an 80's kid who obsessed over cartoons, toys, skateboarding and hip-hop - you'll probably see that in his work.
Jamie has been inspired by countless artists all his life, but his real love of art is nostalgic references - building on the familiar and creating something new.
Street art and pop art are big influences, but he has always been fascinated with anatomical illustrations and their incredible details. Looking under the skin gives a surreal insight in to what’s hidden beneath, and this has been a focal point for Jamie’s recent work.
Amanda Mulquiney-Birbeck is a British figurative painter. Her vibrant works often feature young, strong and glamorous women set in shallow spaces. Often with an air of attitude yet tinged with melancholy.
Her works combine candy colours with gold leaf, incorporating refined blended painting techniques with looser, gestural brush marks. Often contrasting bright, neon backgrounds with muted earthy and surreal tones.
Influenced by Gustav Klimt, Peter Doig, Jonathan Yeo, Martina Johanna and Peter Monkman amongst many more contemporary painters. Mulquiney-Birbeck approaches her work using source imagery from the internet and fashion magazines - creating a tension between realism and painterly abstraction.
Jacqueline Taylor is from Manchester in the UK, where she still works and lives today. Taylor is an emerging artist whose main medium is oil paint. She is a painter who’s interested in realism. Taylor’s work is based around the everyday and leaves the observer of her paintings to decide the narrative of the scenes or people she depicts. She desires to make artwork that creates a feeling within and can be viewed many times over while feeling new each time it is observed.
An example of this is in the painting Woman With Whippet (February 2020) where Taylor took a solitary subject and presented her in a room to be viewed, and for the spectator to catch a glimpse of what could be themselves in the mirror within the space. The reasoning behind why the woman is there, who is gazing at her and her emotional state can be reimagined many times over with a new narrative possible each time.
PLEASE CONTACT COMME CA ART DEALERS FOR ANY ENQUIRIES.
CLAIRE TURNER | firstname.lastname@example.org | T: +44 (0) 161 273 5495
CCA GALLERY 5TH FLOOR | HOPE MILL | POLLARD STREET | ANCOATS | MANCHESTER | M4 7JA