Something to do with Death by Paul Bywater
Open Friday 10th May – Sunday 9th June
Thursday – Sunday 11am – 5pm and viewing by appointment
This May, Arena Studios & Gallery showcases a collection of drawings by studio member Paul Bywater, in association with Liverpool Art Month and Light Night.
In his debut solo exhibition, the Liverpool-based painter will be presenting 30 brand-new and highly-detailed graphite portraits which are the fruition of several months work. Since November of last year the artist has been working exclusively on this series which marks a new direction and radical change in technique from his previous work.
Along with the drawings themselves, sketchbooks will also be on display, offering the public an insight into the artist’s preparatory work.
All pieces are available to buy and the exhibition has been curated (and elegantly framed) by the artist himself. The show will appeal especially to those with an interest in skilful draughtsmanship and a traditional approach to drawing and painting; Fans of the films of Sergio Leone in particular will have plenty to take in!
Describing his new work as “saturnine and anonymous characters with weather beaten, craggy features… not only portraits but landscapes which convey a mythical gravitas all of their own”, the artist also intends this as the prologue for a forthcoming series of paintings to be exhibited later in the year.
“SOMETHING TO DO WITH DEATH – A Congregation of Dark Drawings” will be on public display at the Arena Gallery, 1st Floor, Elevator Building, 27 Parliament Street, Liverpool, L8 5RN. Opening times are 11am – 6pm Thursdays to Sundays and the show runs from Friday 10th May until Sunday 9th June 2013.
Arena Studios & Gallery will be open to the public for the Exhibition Preview on Thursday 9th May, 6pm – 9pm and also on the Light Night, Friday 17th May, 6pm – 9pm. The artist will be present at both events to greet visitors, answer any questions and to talk about his practice and plans for the future.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
More information and updates can be found at www.arenastudiosgallery.com and the artist’s website: www.somethingtodowithdeath.com. Updates are also available at the artist’s blog: www.somethingtodowithdeath.tumblr.com