'Overlooked' - drawn from the works of 5 contemporary Sheffield artists who all share a common interest in exploring the unseen and mundane. Focussing on marginal, liminal spaces that most people wouldn't give a second glance. Creating observational paintings that use landscape to create a narrative and emotional tension.

'Look beneath the surface, let not the several quality of a thing nor it's worth escape thee' - Marcus Aurelius

The Scottish Queen,
21-24 South Street, Park Hill, Sheffield, S2 5QX

The artists would very much like to thank:
Urban Splash (particularly Tom Bloxham and Mark Latham) who have generously provided the Scottish Queen for us to site our exhibition.
Leila Alexander (Art Consultant) for her invaluable input and advice
Andrew Mathews (Graphic Designer at Urban Splash)
Louise Hutchinson(Artistic Director) and Pippa Cook(Programme Coordinator) from S1 Artspace for their help and guidance in curating the show
Thornbridge Brewery for sponsoring our Preview Event
Paul Allender for his contribution to our catalogue
Ecclesall Print for the creation of the show brochure

Monday, 16 March 2015

Conor Rogers

Conor Rogers

My photo-realistic depictions from everyday life emerge from an ‘argument’ between the illusionism of the image and the substrate of the paintings. When viewing paintings, the main focus is usually the representation created by the artist on a flat surface. Although my works have a familiar subject matter- the landscapes I experience every day- I intend that they go beyond the illusion of what I see to become both object and image at the same time. The success of my work lies not just in the quality of the representation, but in the moment the viewer’s attention strays away from seeing the image and into the concrete reality of all the components of the painting. In combining image and object I endeavour to convey the intense reality of small moments of daily life. On the one hand my works are hyper-ordinary, but at the same time, I hope, extraordinary. The ordinary - the quotidian, or even abject - is turned into something precious, even jewel-like, through hours of time and labour.

Examples of Work  -

One Day You'll Have to Pay for Your Own Kids
Mixed media on condom packet, 6 x 6 cm

88 Calories
Acrylic paint on crisp packet, 16.4 x 13 cm

The Alchemies of the 1960’s
Acrylic painted onto self made sheet of acrylic paint, 9 x 11.5 cm

Brenda I'm Awake
Acrylic paint on beer mat 

Bio - Conor graduated from Sheffield Hallam University 2014 and one of his degree pieces was selected for the John Moores Painting Prize. His photo realistic depictions of everyday life and landscape are painted in acrylic on found objects (crisp, cigarette and condom packets and beer mats). A dichotomy is produced as on the one hand the moments he depicts are hyper-ordinary but at the same time the paintings themselves are extra – ordinary, exquisitely, meticulously painted, almost jewel like.  An intertwining dialogue between image and object is created as Conor paints the locations which convey the intense reality of everyday life. Conor has also had work exhibited in Sheffield (Millennium Gallery) and recently exhibited in Manchester and New York with Paper Gallery.

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