And so on Sunday just gone (the last day) the Medds descended on the Saul Hay Fine Art Gallery. I'd contacted Jen a couple of days before and she said she'd be there from 10.30am. When we walked through the door just before 11am we were the first people in so had a fantastic personalised viewing by Jen herself and really got an insight into her fabulous paintings. (The car journeys from Jen's home in Manchester to visit her dying father in Kent in 2015 were measured out and defined by the motorway bridges she passed. So much so that she would begin to photograph and later paint many of them. With no cars. And no people. 'They would only get in the way of the bridges' she told me.)
|A grand day out in Manchester|
|Saul Hay Fine Art Gallery; dwarfed by the Beetham Tower|
|Axis Tower, Manchester M1 (walking back to the car park)|
* Most of them with little red dots denoting their sold status
I've not heard of Jen Orpin or seen her work before, so I followed the link to her website for a longer browse. How wonderful to see the exhibition, with a personalised viewing to boot. A big thank you for sharing, John.ReplyDelete
It was a great exhibition, K. I'm so glad we made the effort.Delete
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Great stuff John, love the paintings and your photos too.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Adam. Shame you couldn't make it. Coffee/beer next time I'm in Mcr for sure...Delete
I was unfamiliar with Jen Orpin as well, but the work and the sad context of those trips to visit her dying Father are moving and fascinating.ReplyDelete
Good to get a team shot of The Medd Squad too!
You'd have loved it, TS.Delete
Yes, we don't get many team photos these days, but James obliged with the ubiquitous selfie.
Wonderrful paintings - and your photos too. Brilliant that you got a little private view at the start! Motorway bridges are usually the underdogs of the bridge world, aren't they? - and yet Jen has elevated them (no pun intended) into something else, something very significant. Really made me think.ReplyDelete
Jen told me she's been shortlisted to exhibit this summer at the Royal Academy; I think we should all go...Delete