The Square Art Gallery is part of Bristol’s first art hotel.
Upon entering The Square, guests are immediately submerged in a unique contemporary art gallery. Changing works of art are continually on display throughout the Square Club and Lower Deck bar. This permanent exhibition space has played host to modern works of art from over 50 artists since 2007, including a video art installation from Open, who are revolutionising the world of moving imagery.
The Square hosts four exhibitions throughout the year from leading artists, using a variety of media. The opening of each exhibition is marked with a Private View – open to art lovers and leading galleries throughout Bristol. Private Views are free and open to all via invitation (please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more), these events are a great opportunity to meet the artist and enjoy the Square experience.
Andrew Burns Colwill – More Than Meets The Eye
A fine artist of over 40 years, Andrew’s artwork adorns homes around the world where it delivers layers of hidden meanings within his technically brilliant work. His complex history adds a rawness and reality check that the viewer can stumble across as other elements of his work draws you in.
Our current exhibition features some of the UK’s freshest talent with artwork & photography from, 3rd Eye, Alex Wilmott, Andy Council, Annika Wilkinson, Beep Monkey, Bex Glover, CageOne, Canvaz, Damo, Dan Kitchener, DAP, Deeds, DinDin, Everly Dark, Hoshiko, Ian Phenna, Jess Hartridge, JK47, John Curtis, Lee Ellis, Lochness, Mark Jephcott, Mark O’neil, Masai, Matti, Mr Draws, Roo, SF80, Spacehop and Many More!
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Horace is about to go on the road yet again for another sell out tour with The Specials, but he found time recently to speak to 1LOVEART who are organising the exhibition which stays in the city until 10th September.“2013 has been a very busy year for The Specials”, said Horace. “It began with us gigging with Iggy Pop in Texas earlier in the year, then we had the recently completed UK Tour and are back in States in July, playing the East Coast.“When I tour, I’m a musician and when I’m not, I’m a full time artist. So, I must be one of the luckiest guys on earth! The artistic highlight of my year, so far, was seeing my work rubbing shoulders with that of Sir Peter Blake and Andy Warhol at the Royal Academy in London!“
People always ask me if my music influences my art and the answer is, well, yes and no.For instance in my Chicago Blues paintings, I didn’t just want to paint a portrait of Muddy Waters – I wanted to explain how his music impacted upon me… these guys are my heroes! I think that everything about my life informs my art, including music”.We then went on to ask Horace about his collection and his favourite new works. “I’m very happy with my Blues series”, replied Horace. “But my favourite piece has to be ‘Hound Dog Taylor’ because he’s my favourite Bluesman!
“I’m also very pleased with the way ‘The Specials’ hand painted silk screen print has turned out and I absolutely love the ‘Fruit Girls’”.
“I’ve only just finished ‘The Specials’ and I think that it is an absolute classic. Each individual print is silk screened with a grey image from the original photo then all the figures are hand paninted, a second silk screen with black tones is printed over the hand painting and then I hand paint the halos and the rainbow colours.. the whole process has taken me months to complete. I’m really pleased with the result so it was worth all the effort.”
As well as painting and touring in the UK and the USA, Horace is currently collaborating with Sheaffer Pens who are sponsoring his work as part of their 100th birthday celebrations and he has also just signed a publishing contract for a book about his art to be published by the end of this year.
“Need to pinch myself – Can’t believe I actually got to meet the awesome Gregor Minto last night at his exhibition” Lucy Smith.
“I was lucky enough to go on Thursday night. His art is fantastic, highly recommended” Jon Chamberlain.
Born in Edinburgh in 1975, Gregor moved to Bristol in the early eighties. His fascination for graffiti art came after encountering Barton Hill’s ‘Dugout’ Community Centre in 1988, a well-known Mecca for street artists. This art form is still a major contributing factor to his work today.
Returning to Bristol on leaving art school, Gregor saw a clear opportunity to raise the profile of serious graffiti artists in the city. Organising events at The Cube Cinema, Gregor began showcasing a number of now well-established artists, along with scratch DJs, animators, photographers, VJs, music producers and filmmakers. These events pulled in performances from the likes of DJ’s Madcut, Uppercut, Quest, G Pirelli,Trixta, Sickboy, Nick Walker, Inkie, The TCF Crew, China Mike, General Midi, Tom Oldham, Milan Spasic and Shirley Hopkins.
Aside from his more traditional live graffiti work, since 2000 Gregor has developed a personal painting style he calls ‘Instinctivism’. Combining elements of surrealist, colourist, abstract and impressionist theory with freestyle graffiti, this style employs imagination and instinct without the use of preliminary sketches. With no preconceived idea of the end result, Gregor freestyles through the piece until it is finished to his satisfaction. Due to the non-linear nature of this work, some pieces can take up to five years to complete.
“People often come up with many different interpretations of my work when they examine it – and I hope each piece inspires playful, energetic discussion between them all. Enjoyment of the intrigue that this style offers, I think, is the key to its longevity.”
The Angela Williams Archive works to exhibit famed photographer, Norman Parkinson’s, 1950-1964 vintage photographs.
Angela Williams was assistant to Norman Parkinson during the 1960′s. Throughout her work with Parkinson, Angela meet the greatest stars of that time and photographed them herself – capturing many raw and behind the scenes images. The Angela Williams exhibition at The Square titled ‘Sixties Bird and Blokes’ was a dreamy, ethreal glimpse into the world of the 60′s through a lens.
1loveart have brought a huge variety of artists and media to The Square including K-Guy, Motorboy, Goldie, Ian Phenna and Starchild. Based at The Canteen in Stokes Croft, 1loveart personify the vibrant artistic culture of Bristol, bringing in new and upcoming artist to the scene.
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