After attending another preview at the Cheshire art Gallery for Hugh Winterbottom, I was interested to see how tastes have changed over the years. I really enjoyed the exhibition and have followed his work for a couple of years.
It was interesting to see his Manchester scenes in blues and oranges and contrast them with those of David Coulter's whom I viewed last week. His work was very dark and captured evening scenes as a whole.
Both are very good artists and they, along with Liam Spencer, (who I exhibited alongside at Bury Art Gallery several years ago,) are causing a great interest in these urban scenes. I'm not sure if part of this is nostalgia or just how trends have changed but it is certainly an intriguing time in the area.
Over thirty years ago I was featured in the 'Art and Artists' magazine because few artists were painting city scenes. I started by capturing images from Salford Market and Precinct before moving on to featuring the rise of modern shopping centres, such as Manchester Arndale. These were viewed with interest and led to some commissions and an invite to record the devastation caused by the bombing of Manchester.
Some of these images are shown below.
After a short break (to my my leg!) I had a period where unable to get around I returned to this topic and painted another series of Manchester pictures. This time capturing the reflections of the night and rainy scenes,
Although, I now spend most of my time doing landscapes; rather than concentrating on the broader cityscape, I now focus in on individuals, I do still do odd scenes and am pleased to add to this growing trend. Shopping centres and town centres have become an important part of everyday life and it's good to see them being recorded for prosperity.
Some of my recent studies