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.
“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.