October 20, 2021 Edge

Our First Exhibition, Gary Steer; Apricity: An Exhibition of Paintings

About the exhibiton 

“Over the bleak Covid-19 hit winter of 2020/21, I painted a series of pictures with no real intentions in mind other than to escape from the relentless bad news about the pandemic and to experience the pleasure that I get from mark making, be it with a brush or a pencil, charcoal or pastels. The following pictures are what I came up with, deliberately not so political in nature, usually light hearted or romantic. The body of work in most basic terms points toward me looking for light and colour in dismal times.

After a few years of trying out all kinds of mediums and styles, I subconsciously arrived at a semblance of a style. Usually figurative in nature, predominantly fairly abstract in tone, the main feature of the painting is – without a doubt – colour. I became really interested in artists from the early 20th Century, particularly the German Die Brücke movement and the more well known Fauvist style, pioneered by Matisse and André Derain. I began to experiment by putting flat colours next to each other, to see which would vibrate or ‘sing’ – eventually working out a palette for a new painting. 

The subject of the works sometimes have a narrative, on occasion they stem from an old photo or a staged scene, usually about something that caught my imagination on that particular day.” 

The exhibition is open whenever our building is open. For our latest opening times see contact 

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About Curator Jez Dolan 

Jez Dolan is a visual Artist and performance maker based in Manchester. His practice underlines the intersections between queerness, sexuality, identity and memory. 

Jez has recently shown work at: The British Museum, Birmingham City Art Gallery, Bury Art Gallery & Sculpture Centre, Gallery 78, Reykjavik Iceland, HOME, Manchester, The National Gallery Iceland, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London amongst others. 

He has undertaken a wide range of commissions and residencies including, the Houses of Parliament, The Royal Drawing School and The Schwules* Museum Berlin. 

He has received a number of awards from Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund. He won the Cass Art Prize for his MA show ‘Magpies’ as part of New Art West Midlands at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. 

Jez has work is in a number of private and public collections internationally including, The British Museum, The Government Art Collection, the Leslie Lohman Museum NYC, The Schwules* Museum Berlin and The Walker Art Gallery Liverpool.