6th April 2019 - 21st April 2019
Preview: Saturday 6 April 11am-5pm
Show runs until 21 April 2019
Contemporary Six Gallery, 37 Princess Street, Manchester, M2 4FN
I would like to invite you to an upcoming group show I have with my outdoor painting comrades-in-arms ‘The Northern Boys’.
I have been painting with this group for several years now, travelling together to Venice, Seville, Paris and London. Working alongside such talented professionals has developed my practice immensely.
Manchester seems to be our central meeting point and it seems fitting to have our first show there at Contemporary Six Gallery.
Have you looked out from a Manchester tram to see a figure before an easel, stooped under an umbrella, painting furiously in the driving rain? Chances are, you’ve seen one of The Northern Boys — the distinguished outdoor painting group — nine of the North’s finest plein air painters, dedicated professionals and friends. (Well, you’d have to be dedicated, wouldn’t you?)
For two weeks from Saturday 6 April, the inaugural group exhibition of the The Northern Boys will be on display at Contemporary Six, a leading independent art gallery in Manchester city centre. Each of the nine artists will contribute a number of plein air paintings to the collection, from Manchester, Venice, London, and more, and after enjoying a 2018 full of awards and accolades from across the nation — now is the time to take notice.
Though each member has his own style, the group are united in their love for painting outdoors, “en plein air”. This hazardous process, requiring fortitude against the Great British weather and inquisitive public, lends an unmistakable freshness and energy to the paintings.
Alex Reuben owner of Contemporary Six says: “Painting outdoors creates work that is always distinctly of the moment in which it was created, and yet timeless.
This is a quality found in the work of The Northern Boys — whether it be the evening-silhouetted domes of Italy, the lapping shores of Blackpool promenade, or the low beams of petrol-soaked cities. Life, as perceived by the artist, shines through.”
Membership of this remarkably accomplished group incorporates four Gallery-artists: Rob Pointon, Adam Ralston, Norman Long, and Michael Ashcroft, along with Ian Layton, Chris Slater, Steven Smith, Andrew Farmer, and David Allen.