Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Open Studio weekend

The weekend was really successful, with almost 200 people visiting the Boo to see Dave's paintings, and all the other studios and galleries reported the same thing. The feedback was unanimously positive, with people travelling to Rossendale from Manchester, Preston, Liverpool, Blackpool and so on. Usually the flow is in the other direction. 

Dave's paintings looked beautiful in the Boo's big cavernous space. There were 6 very large paintings, each nearly 2 metres high by 2.5 metres (for example 'Table Painting 1, above). These dominated the space and drew a lot of attention. One person came back the second day as they had made such an impact on him. Others drew comparison with Wilfredo Lam, or Outsider Art, but the recurring comment was that these paintings need to be in major galleries; that they were masterly and how astonishing it was to come across work of this stature from an unknown artist. We also showed three reliefs of from Calendar Customs, and a smaller oil painting as well as a few gouaches framed and unframed. 

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