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Painting exhibition "Seaside Haunts"
Mon, 10 Oct 2016, 12:00 – Thu, 27 Oct 2016, 06:00 BST
A set of thirteen paintings based upon the social impressions left after a stay at Whitley Bay, Northumbria, in 2014. They are narrative works where the observer can decide what the story, if there is any coherent one, there is in each painting. They stand alone and do not constitute a series.
The seaside town had the appearance of having been an exhilarating, happy resort. Today, excess drinking and violence from being a local venue for hen nights and stag parties have left it almost moribund. An exhausted stillness about the place reminded me of the silence and unease of Edward Hopper’s landscapes – a quality that I sought to instil in this set of paintings. I have given each one a simple title – a hint about how to consider the view – though, as stated above, it is for the observer to determine what is happening, or not. Hinting at H P Lovecraft's "The Shadow over Innsmouth" in the exhibition's strapline title may help...