This exhibition of photographs and paintings is an exploration of how we cross paths, glance over our shoulders, gaze at empty windows and in to space, encounter remnants of lives lived – wonder at lives behind closed doors, vacant spaces.
Recollections of childhood and freedom – invisible, unafraid – connectivity to the world we live in brings freedom but also fear. We high viz ourselves but no one really notices…wear hard hats but still fall over. Examine a picture of the fallen but walk away from reality. Who will remember insignificant places and personal monuments when we are gone from this fleeting life?
We forge the narrative of our lives by small often apparently insignificant encounters, random acts of kindness (or otherwise!), by observation and communication. We talk to, listen to and try to understand other people. As the world’s population swells to over seven billion, artists and writers struggle to understand and interpret individual human beings, to make sense of the minutiae. I am compelled to paint the tiny percentage of those people who come my way, perhaps for a second or for a lifetime, to record a small mark of permanence and homage. I aspire to paint those people I see – friends, family and random strangers whose expressions and demeanour catch my eye and intrigue me.
Renshaw Street Cafe
81 Renshaw Street
Liverpool L1 2SJ
With music by Martin Smith
Tea, coffee and cakes available