The new exhibition at dot-art Gallery showcases the work of two artists, Susan Finch and John Charles, who focus on depicting urban landscapes, specifically Merseyside.
The metropolis serves as a centre for work, play and education; it is a site of continuous growth and destruction. So which shapes, colours and textures create the fabric of its identity and vibrancy? Both from different parts of Merseyside, Finch and Charles explore Merseyside architecture in different yet complimentary ways.
Liverpool-born Susan Finch first studied Fine Art at Manchester Polytechnic University. Since returning to her home city in the 1980’s, her urban compositions have continued to combine the vibrancy and essence of the city in beautifully anecdotal ways.
Using an array of media to depict her much-loved Merseyside, Susan marries broken text with expressive line; hand-writing subtle quips among her magical, multi-layered work. Finch is well known for her otherworldly depictions of Sefton Park Palm House and has exhibited her expressionist cityscapes in galleries and museums nationally.
John Charles grew up in Kirkby, Liverpool and first applied brush to canvas at the age of 27. Using his preferred medium, acrylic, John is now an award-winning artist, his individual style attracting commissions from a number of national and international personalities.
In his art, John employs the unusual technique of edging his subjects in bold, vibrant line, taking distinctive Liverpool landscapes and highlighting their unique and often overlooked character. John explores the impact of modernisation in his work, using delicate palette knife strokes to emphasise fragile balance of urban infrastructure.