The Liverpool School of Artists is staging its fourth major exhibition at the Atkinson gallery in Southport, six years after the art movement was created by Liverpool Hope University graduates.
The exhibition will feature 80 works by eight artists from Liverpool, Wirral and the Midlands
The Liverpool School’s basic aim is to redefine urban art in geometric painting, both 2D and 3D, using city life and buildings and transportation as its inspiration – anything which depicts and portrays the rhythms of urban life.
As an aesthetic, the urban landscape may be regarded as the vision a society projects about itself into the future.
Each of the Liverpool School members interprets the city landscape in their own way and in their own distinctive styles. The movement is not a strait jacket restricting how the world should be viewed, but rather it points in a new general direction for urban art to take.
The work on show varies from the abstract, geometric work of Mike Rickett, Gabrielle Caul, Steve Evans and David Tedham, to the more figuative but still urban, geometric, canvasses and prints of Lynn Jeffery and the stylistic, geometric paintings of scenes from the Midlands by Paul Hipkiss.
By contrast, Maureen Sullivan has her own brand of painterly, more Impressionistic but still geometric urban work, while Susan Lee Brown will show her popular impressionistic scenes of Liverpool in oils. Her work takes on a geometric edge when depicting the cityscape.
The most unusual are the abstractions of Steve Evans that explore and extend pictorial space through the use of light, line and colour.
The work includes paintings in oils, acrylics, water colours; on canvasses, paper and board and Perspex. There are also etchings, prints, lino cuts, sculpture and reliefs. Altogether, some 80 works of art will be on show.