The latest exhibition: Speakers, created by Nicholas Party brought some much-needed colour to the December days.
In entering the discretely fronted Oxford City centre Modern Art Gallery then making your way up to the first floor, then slipping into the Piper Gallery you encounter an array of colours. The walls are painted a yellow tone, five almost two-meter tall heads make an impact on the gallery space. The fibreglass forms have a kind of sadness in their sculptural shaping, lips poised in an unhappy motion. However, each form appears bright and vibrant due to the mass of colours painted directly onto their surface. Greens, oranges and purples are stippled on to create hair, eyes are toned with darker shades, eyebrows are added and expressions are generated. The visual impact is accompanied by a sound-scape of traditional piano and cello chimes subtly playing from each cerebellum.
Swiss-born artist Nicholas Party is responsible for this amazing Oxford city centre installation. As of many of our great contemporary painters he began his artistic career as a 1990’s street graffiti artist. From the streets to a BA in fine arts at the Lausanne School of Art in Switzerland, then crossing Europe to the Glasgow School of Art to complete an MA. This was followed by an onslaught of solo exhibitions and commissions in Washington, LA, Dallas, Edinburgh and Florence. He currently works and lives in Brussels and New York.
In Speakers, his latest commission for Modern Art Oxford he has created a theatre scape installation of feminine heads. The sculptural forms stand brightly in the gallery repressing the achievement of pioneering women of Oxford. He considers the work to be:
The heavily masculine energy of Oxford’s architecture and academic histories.
A great achievement for an artist who has not forgotten his graffiti spraying routes in the array of colours he applies to his creations.
We hope to see much more from this artist who really knows how to put heads together.
25 November 2017
— 18 February 2018
Modern Art Oxford
Blooming small is the word for the latest works from Liverpool based textiles artist Alison Little.
These miniature embroideries have been painstakingly stitched to show Liverpool Parks at their finest of flowering glory. She utilises pioneering techniques using digital photography to print to fabric then hand embroiders the pieces using an expanse of stitches. Organic variation of fibre manipulation allows for the touch of hand to be visible in the edging process. The first depiction is from the ever-famed bluebells present in the woodland areas of Croxteth Hall Park. The second is a vision of the new found glory of Everton Parks annual transformation into an array of wildflower meadows.
The two embroideries will go on display at Arts Hub for Alison Little, the fabric of Fine Art to be held from the 2nd to the 8th of October. In addition to the miniature embroideries, the exhibition will encompass larger wall based freehand machine embroidery pieces looking at everything from themes around Liverpool icon buildings to an interpretation of the latest contemporary poetry. A range of techniques is explored around quilting, appliqué, the re-purposing of decoratively patterned fabrics and the use of dis-solvable medium to create contemporary lacing edges. The latest ranges of framed hand crochet Wedding Day ranges. An organic approach to crochet where the mathematics of pattering meets the artistry of shaping. Not forgetting a selection of Nations most loved dogs featured on luxury cards. New samples of the pet portrait service where photographs of your furry friends become needlepoint creations. Fibres used to form fur, colours were chosen to depict the canine form.
A tiny piece of Liverpool Botanic, framed and available to purchase from Arts Hub.
Arts Hub 47, Lark Lane, L17 8UW
the Fabric of Fine Art
at Arts Hub
This exhibition brings the latest fine art textiles to Liverpool’ leading grass routes exhibition venues: Arts Hub on Lark Lane.
We have the very latest works from Liverpool based textiles artist, Alison Little. Larger wall based freehand machine embroidery pieces looking at everything from themes around Liverpool icon buildings to an interpretation of the latest contemporary poetry. A range of techniques is explored around quilting, appliqué, the re-purposing of decoratively patterned fabrics and the used of dis-solvable medium to create contemporary lacing edges. Smaller framed hand embroideries exploring pioneering techniques in the use of photographic imagery to create fibre works. The latest ranges of framed hand crochet Wedding Day ranges. An organic approach to crochet where the mathematics of pattering meets the artistry of shaping.
Not forgetting a selection of Nations most loved dogs featured on luxury cards. New samples of the pet portrait service where photographs of your furry friends become needle point creations. Fibres used to form fur, colours were chosen to depict the canine form.
1000 stitches hooked, 100 needles threaded, 10 hours on the sewing machine and 1 very passionate artist. A show not to be missed.
Arts Hub 47, Lark Lane, L17 8UW
An exciting new service offering hand embroideries renditions of your loving pet.
Canines, felines, of the feathered and scaled varieties and equestrian for those of us who are better off……….stables and manor houses can be included in the background of the image.
A unique service, from your own photographs, either provided digitally of using the snail paced services of Royal Mail. The images are enhanced using the latest graphics software and cropped to the desired size, then printed directly onto the canvas.
The designs are then embroidered by hand, painstaking attention to detail is given, care in the application a primal concern.
Alison Little is one of the North-West’ most progressive textiles artists, exhibiting at leading arts venues in Liverpool and across the UK. She has her embroideries on sale directly to the public from Arts Hub on Lark Lane. Embroidery from photographs printed directly the canvas is a pioneering technique which she has evolved, unique to her practice. A is a Director and teaches embroidery for the newly formed Liverpool Independent Art School.
A £50 deal is on offer, a framed image of your prized pet:
Frame size 26x31cm
Embroidery size 14x9cm
(Approximately, some variation may be necessary)
Delivered directly to your door. Get in touch for inquiries in regards to larger sizes or specific requests.