'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

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

'Overlooked' Press Release

P R E S S  R E L E A S E
The Scottish Queen
21 - 24 South Street, 
Park Hill, Sheffield S2 5QX
contact - mandypayne24@gmail.com | 07412 415 676 | www.overlooked-sheffield.blogspot.co.uk




Preview: Saturday 18 April 2015, 6.30 - 8.30pm
19 April - 10 May 2015, open Friday - Tuesday, 12.00 - 5.00pm

Overlooked is the inaugural exhibition of a new 12-month arts programme presented at The Scottish Queen, a former pub located within the iconic Park Hill, the largest listed structure in Europe and an outstanding example of Brutalist architecture.

Showcasing painting by five contemporary Sheffield-based artists, this exhibition explores marginal places, the unseen and the mundane. With a strong focus on overlooked, liminal city spaces, a diverse range of approaches utilise the language of landscape to create emotional tension and narrative.

Andy Cropper (b. 1971, lives and works in Sheffield)
Cropper is a realist painter concerned with issues relating to the ordinary, everyday and unremarkable. He captures glimpses, ephemeral moments usually unseen or missed. His paintings are beautifully observed, kaleidoscopic and multifaceted. He was recently selected for the Harley Open and as well as for Stillness, an Arts Council-funded exhibition, at Bloc Studios, Sheffield.

Mandy Payne (b. 1964, lives and works in Sheffield)
With a strong focus on Park Hill, Payne creates observational paintings working with materials integral to the estate itself, namely, concrete and aerosol spray paint. Most recently, she was a John Moores Painting Prize winner, she was shortlisted for the John Ruskin Prize and Threadneedle Prize, and she also exhibited at the 2014 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

Conor Rogers (b. 1992, lives and works in Sheffield)
Painting directly onto found objects such as beer mats and cigarette packets, Rogers’ photorealistic depictions of everyday life emerge from a tension between the illusionism of the image and the substrate of the paintings. He graduated from Sheffield Hallam in 2014 and was shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize in the same year.

Jane Walker (b. 1961, lives and works in Sheffield)
Walker’s city paintings are networks or patterns, often resembling textiles, wiring systems, abandoned cities or archaeological sites. Her works begin life as aerial views, later reworked to create abstract compositions. Walker graduated from the Royal Academy Schools, London, and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has previously been shortlisted for both the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the John Moores Painting Prize. More recently she was selected for the Paul Ricard 5th International Painting Symposium, France and the 9th International Biennial of Drawing, Pilsen, Czech Republic.

Sean Williams (b. 1966, lives and works in Sheffield)
Williams’ paintings focus on the fringes of suburbia, places that feel familiar but escape our conditioned response. His mundane scenes of the everyday project a subtle yet tangible tension and suggest something is just about to happen. Between 2011 and 2013, Williams was shortlisted for the Marmite Painting Prize, the Neo: Art Prize and the John Ruskin Prize, while more recently he has exhibited at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield and within British Contemporary Painting at Huddersfield Art Gallery.

Sponsored by
Urban Splash and Thornbridge Breweries

The Scottish Queen, 21 - 24 South Street, Park Hill, Sheffield S2 5QX
mandypayne24@gmail.com | 07412 415 676 | www.overlooked-sheffield.blogspot.co.uk

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