Contemporary Art Gallery
The Square is an eclectic, inviting and intriguing exhibition space in the heart of Clifton. Operating as a commercial gallery, all works are for sale so why not come and take a look around…
Upon entering The Square, you are immersed into a world of creative contemporary art. There are three changing exhibitions a year as part of the curated programme, alongside related events such as Artist Talks and Workshops. This permanent exhibition space has played host to work from over 50 artists since 2007 and is a vibrant hub within the Bristol arts scene.
The Square hosts exhibitions to showcase local and emerging talent, as well as work from more established practitioners and galleries. Each new exhibition is launched with a Preview – often accompanied with fizz, canapés and music – which is free and open to everyone. These events are a great opportunity to meet the artists(s) behind the work and enjoy an evening full of artistic prowess. We promote artists working in a diverse range of mediums at the Square Club from: drawing, painting and printing to digital-based media and video works.
Subtract the Abstract
Exhibition Preview: Wednesday 5 August 2015, 6 – 9pm (7pm Ruth Gordon live music).
Exhibition dates: 6 August 2015 – 24 January 2016, Daily 10am – 6pm
Exhibition Text: Subtract the Abstract
Subtract the abstract and you are left with the concrete. While ‘abstraction’ literally means drawing away from worldly things, this is a misnomer when it comes to art, where abstract means moving towards the matter of paint, graphite, or whatever substance is used to allow that substance to speak without specific reference to a named object. The substance speaks largely through texture, colour and placement, or, in Sue Bleakley’s op art paintings, through striking illusion of movement, fabric and fold. In some paintings, the concrete is about to be subtracted – paper-thin anemones in a heavy jug float away from the viewer while rose thorns form a threatening lattice of entanglement. A series of alchemical vessels come boxed and glazed to preserve the viewer from their volatile chemistry – this is the abstract at its most concrete. And a further series of paintings show images that might be sub-cellular and living, although they are closer to what Sue Bleakley calls the ‘bio-illogical’ – at the borderline of the organic and the inorganic, living and breathing as abstraction must.
Sue Bleakley began her career as a naïve painter shown by the Crane Kalman Gallery on the King’s Road, London. Calman told her ‘never go to art school – you’ll lose your innocence!’ As a mature student, Sue gained a First Class Honours in Sculpture at Falmouth Art School and then a MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London. In a twist of fate, she now exhibits paintings with the Crane Kalman Gallery, Knightsbridge, London. In-between these bookends, Sue has carried out a residency exploring the aesthetics of concrete at Liverpool Hope University sponsored by Tarmac Topmix; and has shown sculpture, installation, video and painting in numerous solo and mixed shows in the UK, Germany, the Balkans and Canada. She has a permanent exhibition at Exeter University Medical School’s Truro campus, where she teaches 4th year medical students to think with visual art. susanbleakley.org.uk
Summer Sculpture Show
Exhibition Preview: Thursday 2 July 2015, 6 – 9pm
Exhibition dates: 3 July – 23 August 2015, Daily 10am – 6pm
This is the first ever outdoor Summer Sculpture Show we have presented on the Square Terrace – showcasing works by Bristol-based artist Sophie Howard.
Sophie designs and makes her evocative sculptures in a central Bristol studio. She produces ceramic, resin and bronze works – as well as bold lightweight pieces with willow and found materials. She collaborates with other artists, mould makers and casters to realise her designs and commissions.Within Sophie’s practice she explores themes surrounding motion and stillness in relation to the human form. The artist has completed commissions for private and corporate clients and her sculptures are exhibited in galleries around the UK.
Sophie has taught art for thirty years, and currently leads life sculpture with Bristol Adult Learning Service and runs classes as part of Bristol Drawing School. Born in West Dorset in 1957, Sophie grew up in Yorkshire and trained at Winchester Art School before moving to London. She currently lives and works in Bristol.
Sarah Hoskins and Stephen Park
Exhibition Preview: Wednesday 29 April, 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition dates: Thursday 30 April 2015 – Sunday 2 August 2015, Daily 10am – 6pm
Sarah and Stephen’s debut at the Square Club brings together their passion for deconstructing form into component parts before reassembling to present a new, distorted outcome. Stephen manipulates a monochrome pallet while Sarah’s work is confidently colourful; both artists examining an often complex interplay between: curves, angles, scale, orientation, and spatial push and pull.
In his early career Stephen Park was included in exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, UK) and the Serpentine Gallery (London, UK). He was an artist in the ‘Freeze’ exhibition curated by Damien Hirst in 1988. Throughout his career he has taught and delivered workshops at various places including Dartmoor Arts Summer School and The Royal College of Art (London, UK).
Sarah Hoskins graduated from Wimbledon School of Art (London, UK) in 1996, then completed a Post-Graduate diploma at the Cyprus College of Art in 2002. Since then she has exhibited widely throughout the UK, and internationally.
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Between the Lines
Vashti Ballard and Andy Race
Exhibition Preview: Wednesday 4 February, 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition dates: Thursday 5 February 2015 – Monday 27 April 2015, Daily 10am – 6pm
As our first exhibition of 2015 we are delighted to showcase the contemporary photography of Vashti Ballard and Andy Race. In presenting a selection from their recent series together for the first time – this collaboration will tease out new readings of each artists work. This show titled Between the Lines explores the nuances of the photographic medium and how it can be abstracted to encompass ambiguity of form, tone and subject.
Andy Race is a UK based visual artist working on projects concerning landscape, environment and scientific discovery.
Having graduated in 2014 with a First Class Honours degree in Photography from Falmouth University. His most recent project, Maya Blue Lake explores the blurred lines between art, science and nature through the artistic interpretations of themes such as biomimicry, architecture and new materials. Other projects have involved research into German shadow puppetry and a Danish murder mystery novel. All work shares a common aim of using extended processes to obtain unique images influenced by an eclectic variety of research sources.
Andy’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Pingyao Photography Festival – recently recognised as one of China’s greatest festivals. He has been shortlisted for the Royal Photographic Societies Environmental Bursary and The Photographic Angle Bursary, as well as being selected as a highlight of the graduate Free Range shows in London by arts magazine Creative Review.
Vashti Ballard is a UK-based visual artist working with photography. Vashti is interested in exploring the natural world and questioning its future – whilst also trying to preserve its past. Her practice is concerned with digital representation and the blurring between reality and technology.
Sarah Hoskins and Stephen Park
Exhibition Preview: Wednesday 29 April, 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition dates: Thursday 30 April – Sunday 2 August 2015, Daily 10am – 6pm
Here at the Square we are excited to profile the work of Sarah Hoskins and Stephen Park together in a duo-exhibition titled Finding Form.
Stephen Park : Bio (stephenpark.co.uk)
While attending Goldsmiths College he was included in the New Contemporaries at the ICA London. He graduated from Goldsmiths with a First class honours in 1985, and the same year was included in a group show at the Serpentine Gallery. In 1987 he gained a Higher Diploma in Sculpture from the Slade School London. The following year he exhibited at Canary Wharf with Gary Hume, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Michael Landy and others in Freeze.
In 1992 he was awarded the Henry Moore Fellowship at the Slade, which was extended for him the following year. He has subsequently exhibited in the UK and abroad.
He has been closely involved with the Dartmoor Arts Summer School since its inception in 2006. Throughout his career he has taught and delivered workshops at various places including The Royal College of Art.
Sarah Hoskins : Bio (sarahhoskins.co.uk)
Dartmoor based artist Sarah Hoskins, was born in Kent and grew up in the South West of England. In 1996 she graduated from Wimbledon School of Art, then completed a Post Graduate diploma at the Cyprus College of Art in 2002. Since then she has exhibited widely throughout the UK and internationally. In 2010 she returned to Cyprus initially as a resident artist at the Cyprus College of Art, and was made their Head of Foundation until December 2012.
FOR THE LOVE OF PAINT
Maja Beattie, Astrid Foreman and Emily Krainc
Private View: Wednesday 8 October, 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition dates: Thursday 9 October 2014 – Monday 26 January 2015, Daily 10am – 6pm
The Square Club is excited to present FOR THE LOVE OF PAINT, a new exhibition showcasing the work of three emerging Bristol-based artists. After graduating from Bath School of Art and design in 2010 Maja Beattie, Astrid Foreman and Emily Krainc formed a Bristol alliance and have since been exhibiting both independently and as a collective in Bristol, Bath and London. Although working in progressively different styles, all three artists have continued to explore their passion for painting – pushing the boundaries of the form to encompass: portraiture, collage and abstract expressionism.
The works are highly autobiographical and examine this medium within a Contemporary climate. All works are for sale. For private viewings and sales enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 painted, 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.