Remaining Colours is a series of work which is derived from Shakir Mughal’s previous exhibitions (Chasing Colours – 2016; Blinking Colours – 2015; Dreaming Colours – 2014), sharing a divine affiliation with colour.
“In this work, I have created many forms and shapes with colours in a conceptual way by merging different layers of colours and produced a variety of colourful patterns, differentiating colours and their movements.
Remaining Colours represents the colours that have been left behind during previous exhibitions. However, it is not different from past work. It is produced in the same method and techniques in a very contemporary and abstract way by using colours as a tool to express inner catharsis.”
Be sure to check out Shakir’s work from Friday 9th February.
Join Six Foot Gallery as it welcomes a fantastic group of artists that will be exhibiting with us over the next year, along with showcasing the best art that Glasgow and beyond has to offer.
This year’s highly anticipated exhibition will include a variety of painting and sculptural work by:
Tom Brown, Kate Curry, Daniel Donnelly, Róisín Gallagher, Aurore Garnier, Callum Harper, Siobhan Healy, Vincent Langaard, Hannah Lyth, Alice Martin, Michael McVeigh, Gary Milne, Shakir Mughal, Caterina Monasta, Louise Montgomery, Eilidh Morris, Fionnuala Mottishaw, Anne-Marie Pinkerton, Abbey Rawson, Rachael Rebus, Alexandra Sarah and Hayley Whittingham.
In addition, we will have beautiful jewellery on show from Amanda Bernard and Gillian Ryan.
Gillian has always looked at her surroundings and taken inspiration from what is around her, feeling privileged and humbled by what she finds.
She is fascinated by texture and shape, enjoying materials which are unusual and tactile and appear as if they have they have their own story to tell. The Ayrshire coastline, where she lives and works, features heavily in her designs. As well as the beautiful scenery, rich in inspiration, the area is steeped in history and heritage. Coming from, and returning to live by the seaside has allowed her work to reflect this both through design and materials used, giving her jewellery an organic and natural feel.
There are two main types of work produced. The first is within the world of fold-forming, or forging, where each piece is individually made by hand and hammer, resulting in unique organic shapes.
The other area is comprised of cast shell pieces as components, where the original moulds have been made from shells collected on the local beach, with the lost wax method then used to produce the metal masters for casting.
“This latest body of work aims to explore symbolically, both the outer political, social and cultural landscapes of our time, as well as the inner landscapes of the human psyche.
These landscapes are painted intuitively and without any pre-editing, or reference to any particular place in mind. They evolve naturally and without scrutiny, which allows for a narrative to unfold.
The writings from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, “For this appalling ocean surrounds this verdant land, so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and joy, but encompassed by all the horrors of the half-lived life” was a starting point to this work and was influential in anchoring the context both at an existential level and ethereal level.
“Consider the subtleness of the sea; how it’s most dreaded creatures glide underwater, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure… consider all this; and then turn to this green, gentle and most docile earth; consider them both, the sea and the land; and do you not find strange analogy to something in yourself?” Herman Melville. “
Enzo Marra’s creative practice is concerned with the exploration and pictorial analysis of the art world. He explores the juxtaposing perceptions of those involved and those outwith the industry, their valuing and auctioning, the processes and activities that occur behind the privacy of studio doors, the hanging and display of works animated by the commodified space of the gallery, the milling of observers in exhibition spaces, and ultimately how the public presence then gives life and purpose to the works on display.
The use of texture is of great importance to his practice – lending both added dimensions to the oil paints as well as necessary dominance to his brushwork, which is visible within the final image. The physical dragging and building up of pigment is as relevant in his creations as the tonality and colour balance that they are used to express.
In Siblings, Marra has selected a number of figurative-inspired works, alongside palette-based works, which wholly reflect his own painting practice, whilst providing the leverage to further explore such interrelationships. The intricate balance between studio activity and what is permitted for public viewing, and the concept of authentic and true pigment application, is explored in this series of acrylic, enamel and oil canvases.
These works have enabled Marra to be selected for the Creekside Open in 2013, 2015 and 2017; the Threadneedle Prize in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2016; Beep Wales in 2014 and 2016; Gfest in 2010; Charlie Smith Anthology in 2011; the Open West at Gloucester Cathedral in 2012 and the John Moores Painting Prize in 2012 and 2016.
Marra was a prizewinner in the Creekside Open 2017 – selected by Jordan Baseman – and was included on the shortlist for the 100 Painters of Tomorrow. He was also given an honourable mention in the Beers Contemporary Award for Emerging Art 2013.
Daniel’s latest exhibiton is an exploration and appreciation of history’s great artists, writers and philosophers that have inspired him throughout the years.
The title sums up painting that, as a craft, he has pursued over many years, and the merging of many roads travelled.
Put simply, this work is inspired by his personal need to appreciate the devotion of history’s great artists, writers and philosophers, with whose works he has encountered in books, galleries and museums throughout the years.
The portraits themselves are evolved in a slow manner that represent how he feels in regard to these artists’ influence upon him, these feelings are evident in the pieces, clouding them almost like a mood.
To brighten the darkness of his portraiture he has also incorporated geometric pattern into his ouevre. His first work of this description was after he had completed making 40 handmade artist’s books, full of unique and varying patterns and colours. Using this as an source of observation, and understanding the vast amount of variations within this kind of work, he can now put this forward both as a research tool, and a finished work. After making several of these books he began to acquire a knowledge of a particular form set down by my pencil and brush; a language of his own.
The exhibition will be running from the 18th to the 31st August at Six Foot Gallery.
We are excited to welcome Irene Pérez Hernández for a two-week solo exhibition.
In the exhibition, ‘Hook-Up’, Irene Pérez Hernández extends her project of defamiliarisation of ubiquitous domestic objects as a means of considering spatiality and form. Hook-Up builds, literally, on the existing edifice of hanging rails in the gallery space at Six Foot, using the rails as sites of attachment for sculptural works and prints. The objects Pérez Hernández attaches to the rails exert spatial prerogatives both as individual entities and as sites display for the lithographic images which are attached to them. Their curvilinear shapes evoke both organic, consumer and industrial forms, blurring the lines between the animate, inanimate and the inert.