Anneliese Gregg reflects the characters she paints, full of colour, vibrancy and emotion. She has lived a life of adventure many of us can only dream of; having lived in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery for 8 years, has taught art in Brixton prison, lived in Scotland then went to build an olive farmhouse in Catalonia with her family and more recently earned a living barking trees in the Forest of Dean, all while raising a family !
Upon returning home to her native Derry she took up painting full time and having exhibited her work at various venues throughout the city Anneliese Gregg returns to the Warehouse Gallery with her latest collection.
Her work varies in character from sombre to spectacular painting her subjects such as Charlie, Drummer and Fazzed. In each case the subject of Gregg’s paintings tug you emotionally one way and another, from one extreme to another. What this work has in common; whether the subject be famous or obscure, alive or dead, rich or poor, is gather up all the experiences that Anneliese Gregg has had, in all the places she’s lived and the lives she’s touched and placed them on the page or canvas in the form of colour.
This is an exhibition that leads the viewer on a journey of colour that leaves you intrigued and exillarated, exasperated and excited. This an exhibition full of colour and character befitting of it’s creater and is not to be missed. The Anneliese Gregg collection is on display at the Warehouse Gallery, Derry until 6th July.
The latest exhibition of local artist Brian Farrell opened in the Gasyard Centre on the Lecky Road in Derry last Saturday night. Farrell, whose work is heavily influenced by the likes of Kevin Bacon and Egon Schiele has developed a distinct style of his own.
With titles such as Fighter, Underdog Fear, Angst, Attitude, Nerve, Whisper and Sock, Brian knows not just what it’s like to struggle as an artist but is also emphasises with those who are struggling with life.
His work is heavily influenced by events of today such as the war in Syria or the migrant crisis; only instead of a TV camera or a newspaper he uses a canvas and paints to show his reaction to the world around him.
All the horror and the anguish and the desperation of it all comes bouncing back at the onlooker in each face that looks back at you. At play are not just the horrors we look at every day on the news but also the hurt and despair that we all face in our own lives. With the financial crisis and unemployment and poverty around us so commonly today, are there any of us looking at this work who can’t find a piece of ourselves in this work.
Painting primarily with oils and pastels in predominantly reds and whites and black and grey there’s a prevailing sense of danger and anger that people are faced with in the world today. There’s a sense that Farrell gets it; that he sees the world around him and throws it up there for all to see.
Also in this work however is the enduring hope that things will get better, that all is not lost in the world. There are pieces included in the collection that are a bit more playful, drawn from themes like science fiction.
This is a collection which is both startlingly and stark, yet unique and beautiful. In short it’s humanity on a canvas.
Underdogs by Brian Farrell is on display at the Gasworks Centre in Derry until September 8th. Thanks to Brian Farrell for permission to photograph his work
Mark Luukas has been painting for over twenty years. Although born in Chester England in 1979 Derry has been Mark’s home nearly all of his life. He has been painting for twenty years, finding it relaxing and a great way of reflecting the world around him. Mark sold his first work at the age of 18.
After graduating Mark has gone on to have five acclaimed exhibitions north and south of the border in various styles including still life, figurative, abstraction and semi abstraction. However for the past four years Mark has based his work on memory and invention and has entitled this exhibition jewels of mind. Mark’s vivid imagination has allowed him to paint a great range of subjects, nearly all of which are drawn from memories and experiences throughout his life. The colour palette which he uses as well as the subject matters involved allow Luukas to create works of great vibrancy and imagination.
The Jewels of Mind exhibition is on in the Playhouse’s main gallery until 23rd August