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Two Pints of Paint and a Packet of Crisps!

An exhibition of Liverpool pub paintings by Stephen Bower

Fridays and Saturdays, noon until 5pm from May 8 until July 25 2015, and at other times by appointment with the gallery.

Celebrated artist Stephen Bower travelled to Liverpool for a memorable pub crawl, swopping pint pots for paint pots. The result … a collection of oil paintings in Stephen’s own inimitable style of some of the city’s most famous watering holes.

Stephen braved cold March winds as he worked in the streets with his easel and palette, buoyed by the warmth and friendship of Liverpool people happy to see an artist at work

Working outside the Empress in Dingle – a pub made famous by ex-Beatle Ringo Starr – the licensee ensured a constant supply of hot drinks to fortify the artist as he worked away on the pavement in North Hill Street.

Ma Egerton’s, the Lion in Moorfields, the iconic Vines in Lime Street, Peter Kavanagh’s off Catharine Street are just some of the famous public houses painted by Sheffield-born Stephen who lives in Devon.

Stephen studied art at Manchester College of Art, too late to realise he should have opted for a course along the M62 at Liverpool’s School of Art.

His passion for Liverpool, apart from the city’s architecture, was also helped by a commission he received to paint John Lennon’s Aunt Mimi when she was living in Bournemouth after leaving Mendips in Menlove Avenue. Those works are now in the hands of private collectors.

So why did Stephen make the 270-mile journey to Liverpool to paint some of the most photographed buildings in the city?

Stephen, who describes himself as a colourist, explained: “I wanted to capture the colour and the vibrancy, and the very souls of the pubs I painted. The best way to do that is to visit each one and paint what I see, there and then. The paintings are my own interpretation of the buildings. I dislike using photographs and prefer to base my colour compositions on direct observations.”

Stephen takes his inspiration from artists such as Monet and works in oils, built up in successive layers, producing striking and vibrant works.

The View Two exhibition is also a homecoming for Stephen whose art work made its debut in Liverpool in 1974 at the Northern Young Contemporaries exhibition. Since then his work has been shown in places such as Grenoble, Paris, Monaco and across the UK.

Two Pints of Paint and a Packet of Crisps: Liverpool pubs by Stephen Bower. View Two Gallery, 23 Mathew Street in Liverpool’s Cavern Quarter. Free admission. On view from Friday May 8 noon until 5pm and each Friday and Saturday at the same time until Saturday, July 25, 2015. Other times by arrangement.

Note: The pubs painted by Stephen during his ‘pub crawl’ are: PETER KAVANAGHS (2), GLOBE (2), COOPERS – CASES ST, ROSCOE HEAD, YE CRACKE, VINES, CENTRAL COMMERCIAL, BALTIC FLEET (2), CROWN, SHIP & MITRE (2), WHITE STAR, GRAPES, MIDLAND HOTEL, MA EDGERTONS ( 2 ), EMPRESS, BELVEDERE, RIGBY`S, LION TAVERN. Stephen also painted CHRISTIANS FRUIT & VEG STALL

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Up and Coming Exhibitions: LIVERPOOL: NEXT STOP NEW YORK
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LIVERPOOL: NEXT STOP NEW YORK


A new exhibition celebrating the music that formed a unique bond between two transatlantic cities

Previews: Thursday 6th August 2015, View Two Gallery, Mathew Street, Liverpool

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Chcago Blues 1 Embelish

Horace Panter

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“In the 1950s, the merchant seamen working on the cruise liners sailing from Liverpool to New York, mostly as cooks and waiters, became known as Cunard Yanks. The Cunard Yanks saw themselves as fugitives from bombed-out austerity Britain. America represented liberation. They were entranced by the music they discovered there – Doo-wop, Soul, Rhythm & Blues – and hung out at jazz clubs where they heard Count Basie, Nina Simone and Dizzy Gillespie.”

The ‘Liverpool Next Stop New York’ exhibition investigates the links between these two famous cities and how this special relationship was enhanced by a love and appreciation of Black American music and culture.

Curated by RedHouse Originals gallery, a group of renowned visual artists with links to both cities will offer an insight into the incredible impact the music had on Liverpool from the 1940s onwards. Many of the artists involved are successful musicians in their own right, providing a unique perspective on the effect of this revolutionary movement.

Highlights include an exclusively commissioned sculpture by Mike Badger (The La’s) and original paintings by Horace Panter (The Specials). The exhibition also features work by acclaimed artists Dudley Edwards, Pete McKee, Low Coney and The Studio of Ezra. A selection of original paintings, print-making and sculpture will be complemented by a range of historical and documentary photography, dating from the 1940s to the early 90s.

The exhibition precedes a weekend long celebration at Sefton Park’s Palm House featuring seminal DJs Greg Wilson and Les Spaine.

LIVERPOOL: NEXT STOP NEW YORK
Location: View Two Gallery, 23 Mathew Street, Liverpool L2 6RE www.viewtwogallery.co.uk / www.redhouseoriginals.com/exhibitions/liverpool-next-stop-new-york
Exhibition Dates: 7th – 23th August 2015
The gallery is open Friday & Saturdays 12:00 – 17:00 and at other times by appointment Preview: Thursday 6th August 2015
Event website: www.nextstopnewyork.org

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Dominic Burkhalter

Website: http://www.dominicburkhalter.com/
Location: View Two Gallery, 23 Mathew Street, Liverpool L2 6RE www.viewtwogallery.co.uk
Exhibition Dates: 13th August – 17th October 2015
The gallery is open Friday & Saturdays 12:00 – 17:00 and at other times by appointment Preview: Thursday 13th August 2015

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Phil Morsman Exhibition 2015

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Exhibition: Phil Morsman Work on Paper and Canvas
Friday 27 February to Saturday 25 April 2015
Opening Event: Thursday 26 February 2015 6-9pm. All Welcome.

Phil Morsman is a Cumbrian artist living in a 15th century church in Appleby where he has a fine studio.

His work is in both public and private collections.

There are some large canvases and framed pieces which make a fine exhibition. The work is fresh, intense and full of life.

Opening Hours: 12-5pm Friday and Saturday. Other times by appointment.

Abstract landscape themes in brilliant vibrant colour
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Thom Gorst Exhibition in Nov-Dec 2014

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Thom Gorst “Billy Blake is Fab”

Exhibition: Paintings by Thom Gorst from 14 November to 20 December 2014
Opening event: Thursday 13 November 2014 18-20.00. All Welcome

Thom Gorst is an artist working in Bath in the south-west of England and in Honfleur in Normandy.

He is originally from Merseyside, and this major show at the View Two Gallery is a homecoming.

Thom’s work is concerned with the growth of rust and decay on the sides and decks of old ships: he observes weld lines, rivets, depth markings, pipes and funnels with an expert’s eye, and overlays all this with an artist’s concern for composition, colour and texture. New work being shown for the first time in Liverpool will be immersed in the city’s maritime identity, with its warehouses, ferries and tugs.

Thom has exhibited his work widely, and over the last two years has held solo shows in London, Bristol, Bath and Falmouth.

Thom trained as an architect, and has worked as a professor of architecture. He also has a master’s degree in art theory, and recently completed a doctorate examining the aesthetics of maritime decay at the Glasgow School of Art.

Thom’s website is at thomgorst.com, where much more of his work and background can be found.

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Thom Gorst “Tank”

Ken Martin’s Sketches

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Here are just a few of Ken Martin’s very popular ink and watercolour sketches. More to follow.

A Few of the Artworks Currently Available

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Works by various artists currently on show in the gallery. More details to follow

NEW in – Matt Wilde Paintings

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Still life in the old CV £700

Just in – lots of new paintings by Matt Wilde, one of our most popular artists in recent years.

Many more in the gallery – come in for a look.

Pictured above is ‘Still life in the old CV‘ for sale at £700

Matt Wilde - 'New Beginnings' £700
Matt Wilde – ‘New Beginnings’ £700
Matt Wilde - 'A quick bite to eat in the street' £600
Matt Wilde – ‘A quick bite to eat in the street’ £600

VIDEO – Gallery Summer Show 2014

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Ken Martin shows us around the artworks featured in the 2014 Summer Show.

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View Two Gallery: Summer Show 2014 from View Two Gallery on Vimeo.

Rock Boys – The Video

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Paul Madden: Rock Boys from View Two Gallery on Vimeo.

DEBUT EXHIBITION: THE AMAZING ROCK ART OF MERSEYSIDE ARTIST PAUL TERENCE MADDEN, View Two’s new Artist-in-Residence.

Rock Boys…And? The latest exhibition at Liverpool’s View Two Gallery opened on March 28 2014 at 23 Mathew Street. The show continues for an extended preview to mark Paul Terence Madden becoming View Two’s Artist-in-Residence for the coming three months.

A reception for Rock Boys …And? will take place early in May when the… surprise ….And? extras will be added.

Brought up on an Ellesmere Port council estate, residing in Chester and well travelled in between, Paul Terence Madden charged headfirst through the dizzy world of the music business. His days were spent on graphic design, his nights watching rock bands like the Sex Pistols.
Being from Merseyside means the Beatles are in there as well, explaining why his life really was a case of eight days (and nights) a week.
He played in numerous bands as lead guitarist and even managed big-name group Boys Wonder, winning them a recording contract.
Life turned out a long and winding road for Madden, from the day he left Ellesmere Port, studying at Chester Art School (where he and Deaf School bassist Steve Lindsey met and became life-long friends). Lindsey followed in the footsteps of Lennon and went to Liverpool School of Art, Madden headed to the London College of Printing.
From there a graphic art studio in Soho became his workplace, surviving on four hours sleep a night.
A decade ago Madden embarked on his passion for paintings, all in gloriously expensive Golden Acrylic paints. The result is a collection of almost 40 works, Bowie, Sid Vicious and Strummer, are all there along with McCartney, Lennon and even Kraftwerk. More are on their way some time soon.

The paintings of Madden’s rock heroes are more than pictures. Look closely at the faces on the canvas and read the stencilled lyrics, embellished with touches of semi-legible graffiti – a fusion of art and calligraphy.
“This endless exhibition is a true homage, a reflection of my life connected to the world of music. The paintings are of people I love and admire. They are a reflection of that real dreamworld which I am lucky enough to live in and enjoy,” says Madden.

ROCK BOYS…AND? is a free exhibition of never before seen paintings by Paul Terence Madden.

New Opening Hours for this exhibition: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays noon until 5pm, private viewings by appointment.

Exhibition: Rock Boys …And?

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DEBUT EXHIBITION: THE AMAZING ROCK ART OF MERSEYSIDE ARTIST PAUL TERENCE MADDEN, View Two’s new Artist-in-Residence.

Rock Boys…And? The latest exhibition at Liverpool’s View Two Gallery opened on March 28 2014 at 23 Mathew Street. The show continues for an extended preview to mark Paul Terence Madden becoming View Two’s Artist-in-Residence for the coming three months.

A reception for Rock Boys …And? will take place early in May when the… surprise ….And? extras will be added.

Brought up on an Ellesmere Port council estate, residing in Chester and well travelled in between, Paul Terence Madden charged headfirst through the dizzy world of the music business. His days were spent on graphic design, his nights watching rock bands like the Sex Pistols.
Being from Merseyside means the Beatles are in there as well, explaining why his life really was a case of eight days (and nights) a week.
He played in numerous bands as lead guitarist and even managed big-name group Boys Wonder, winning them a recording contract.
Life turned out a long and winding road for Madden, from the day he left Ellesmere Port, studying at Chester Art School (where he and Deaf School bassist Steve Lindsey met and became life-long friends). Lindsey followed in the footsteps of Lennon and went to Liverpool School of Art, Madden headed to the London College of Printing.
From there a graphic art studio in Soho became his workplace, surviving on four hours sleep a night.
A decade ago Madden embarked on his passion for paintings, all in gloriously expensive Golden Acrylic paints. The result is a collection of almost 40 works, Bowie, Sid Vicious and Strummer, are all there along with McCartney, Lennon and even Kraftwerk. More are on their way some time soon.

The paintings of Madden’s rock heroes are more than pictures. Look closely at the faces on the canvas and read the stencilled lyrics, embellished with touches of semi-legible graffiti – a fusion of art and calligraphy.
“This endless exhibition is a true homage, a reflection of my life connected to the world of music. The paintings are of people I love and admire. They are a reflection of that real dreamworld which I am lucky enough to live in and enjoy,” says Madden.

ROCK BOYS…AND? is a free exhibition of never before seen paintings by Paul Terence Madden.

New Opening Hours for this exhibition: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays noon until 5pm, private viewings by appointment.

Photos of artwork by Arthur Gold.

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