After visiting the New Art West Midlands exhibition, we went along to another art exhibition. This time, at a much smaller gallery: the Reuben Colley Gallery on Colemore Row in Birmingham. I had heard about this exhibition through a friend of mine who is actually one of the exhibiting artists: Mark Lippett (see image below). This exhibition is also advertised on the AA2A website.
The exhibition consists of a collection of paintings and drawings by artists who were asked to respond to photographs by Phyllis Nicklin of urban life in Birmingham in the 1950s and 1960s.
There were many works to be inspired by. Second to still-life artists (in the broadest sense possible), artists who highligh the quirkyness of Britishness influence my practice (one of my favourite artists is George Shaw who is the master of depicting contemporary Englishness in urban baronness and my favourite photographer, Martin Parr, is another genius at capturing the essence of Britishness).
I had a few favourites from this exhibition, but I won't talk too much about what they were here as my response was very personal and there were a lot of works to admire there in terms of artistic skill, atmosphere, emotional reaction and capturing something about Birmingham. The exhibition as a whole was very moving and very evocative of the urban landscape of the Midlands and the people who occupy those spaces.
I want to recommend anyone reading this to pop into the gallery before the exhibition ends on 27th Feb. It is well worth a visit. Not much time left so do take a look!