The Industrial Landscape. AVAILABLE 2017 ONWARDS

Fifty Years of painting The Black Country

EXHIBITION AVAILABLE FOR HIRE 

To British and European Museums and Art Galleries,
Universities and other cultural institutions.

 This continuously evolving collection works (currently comprising of more than 200 drawings and paintings) has been produced exclusively on location in the area of the West Midlands known universally since the Industrial Revolution as “The Black Country” over a period of 50 years by this prolific and well known painter.

Although the exhibition is focused on The Black Country, its ethos transcends the particular as it touches on deeper levels of consciousness, loneliness, contemplation, and reflections on the human condition, the environment and the passage of time. These subtle references to philosophical and universal issues, together with integrated TV coverage and information panels, make the exhibition relevant to audiences beyond the confines of the West Midlands.

The available work (some 100 linear metres) has never before been exhibited in its entirety although significant sections have formed major solo and touring exhibitions in venues as diverse as Durham Light Infantry Museum, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Blackburn City Art Galleries, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

 

Examples from sections contained in this exhibition

“THE OLDNALL PROJECT” 1980 – 85.( Topographical/analytical/atmospheric extensive study of the Black Country seen from Oldnall Hill near Lye.)

BC OLD,12,Oldnall Work,Topographical Master Study. (detail 7) 1981BC OLD,14,Oldnall Work,Topographical Master Study. (detail 9) 1981

Sections from 8ft epic drawing made on site with the aid of binoculars at Oldnall showing Lye, the Wrekin, Brierley Hill, Round Oak Steelworks. 1981

BC OLD,2,Oldnall Work,XXXXColour Master Study. (composite) 1982-84,

Oldnall Work, Section of Colour Master Study. (composite) 1982-84. 10 X 70 inches. Oil

The exhibition as a whole represents a continuous evolution of vision and attitude from early childhood to maturity. His work has passed through distinctive phases, from his early studies as a student at Stourbridge College of Art in the 1960s, his continued personal development as an Art Teacher in local schools in the 70s, his epic panoramas from Oldnall Hill in the early 80s and his “Night Paintings” which were generated by force of circumstance during the late 80s into the 90s and which have continued in various guises ever since.

His absolute commitment to working on site has attracted wide press interest, from Mail on Sunday Colour Supplement to Le Figaro. and his website has numerous examples of footage of British and French TV footage from the 1980s to the present day.  (including coverage of his vast output of work in other areas of Europe)

Examples from section (phase) “THE NIGHTWORK” 1984 -1991

BC NwdA1-10  Copy (LR) 2.35am 8 September 1987.  New Street, Wordsley.

2.35am 8 September 1987. New Street, Wordsley. Size A1 Charcoal

BC NwpA1-02  3.00am 16 November XXXX1988. Fog. Ryder Street Wordsley.

3.00am 16 November 1988. Fog. Ryder Street Wordsley. Size A1 Oil

2.05am 13 July 1987. Full Moon over John Street, Wordsley - Size A2 Charcoal

2.05am 13 July 1987. Full Moon over John Street, Wordsley – Size A2 Charcoal

2.45am 21 May 1987.  Brierley Hill Road, Wordsley. Size A3  Oil

2.45am 21 May 1987. Brierley Hill Road, Wordsley.
Size A3 Oil

Experimental work incorporating newsprint, mixed media & digital print. 2002 – 2016 ongoing

3.15pm, 30 August 2011. Monkey Puzzle tree in Quarry Bank Size A3.  Print, gouache and ink.

3.15pm, 30 August 2011. Monkey Puzzle tree in Quarry Bank
Size A3. Print, gouache and ink.

12.25pm, 18 October 2010. Chemical Works and Railway Bridge , Rood End Road, Tat Bank, Smethwick.  Size A4. Mixed Media

12.25pm, 18 October 2010. Chemical Works and Railway Bridge , Rood End Road, Tat Bank, Smethwick. Size A4. Mixed Media

Examples from “PANORAMIC VISIONS” 1965 – 2016  – ongoing

3.50pm 30 Jan 08. View North from Darby's Hill, Dudley,  91 X 244cm.  Oil

3.50pm 30 Jan 08. View North from Darby’s Hill, Dudley, 91 X 244cm. Oil

6.00pm, 19 January 2012. View East from Darby's Hill, Dudley.  42 X 120cm.  Oil

6.00pm, 19 January 2012. View East from Darby’s Hill, Dudley. 42 X 120cm. Oil

.2.15pm Wed 10 January 2007. Abstracted landscape. Darbys Hill, Dudley. 120 X 170cm. Oil

.2.15pm Wed 10 January 2007. Abstracted landscape. Darbys Hill, Dudley. 120 X 170cm. Oil

 

NOTES

  • The exhibition is fully assembled and ready to hang.
  • Delivery and logistics can be arranged in Britain or Europe
  • Timescales allow time for planning, arranging collaborations and the commissioning of new “exhibition-specific” work to be undertaken if desired.
  • Size: flexible, up to 100 linear metres (500 feet)
  • Information panels, interactive video, power-point presentations and merchandise available.
  • Size of works: range from A3 30x42cm to 122x244cm
  • Available 2017 onwards