Our wall today features two very different approaches. Both are painters, even using similar grounds to paint on – canvas and denim, but while one is recreating experiences currently unattainable during lockdown, the other is reinvigorating old denim jackets into bright new wearable art.
Many of you may remember Paul McKee, curator and exhibitions manager at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum and the early days of The Wilson. Paul visited and supported deepspaceworks in his capacity as Arts Developments Officer in our earliest days and were subsequently delighted when he was able to join us as an artist for Life Drawing.
Paul says of his current work, “I spend a lot of time working on cruise ships. I have travelled all over the world and crossed many oceans and seas. As with artists who live in very flat lands, like Holland and the East of England, the sky is an ever-present, dominant feature. It is ever changing, as is the mood and temperature of the sea. I miss those experiences, during lockdown, so I’m trying to recreate them in my studio, from photographs, memories and music. These are the current batch and based on the dramatic sunsets, at the top end of the Baltic, near St. Petersburg. ”
As well as an artist and costume designer who enjoys up-cycling old denim jackets into walking paintings, Olivia Harvey has taken on the difficult task of working with me to re-open deepspaceworks just as soon as we are able.
Hopefully many of you will meet her in person in the not too distant future and see more of her jackets in our real gallery!
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