Tuesday, 26 June 2018 at 15:06
I've not posted anything for a while as I've been in Kyrgizstan with Mary Aherne, staying mainly in this yurt on the shoes of the great lake Issyk Kul. The lake is huge and sandwiched between two mountain ranges, bordering Kazakstan to the north and China to the south and east. The lake was off limits to foreigners in Soviet times and was used by the navy to test torpedos and much else. There is also a decommissioned Soviet plant which manufactured heavy water on the shores of the lake. It has been decontaminated now - just as well, as we could see it from our yurt.
We were there with a group of artists, invited by my Romanian poet friend Florin. I'll post some more pictures over next couple of days.
Prospect Gallery Exhibition Continues
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 at 08:58
The exhibition at the Prospect Gallery continues. The gallery will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 am - 4pm. See previous posts for details. Here's Andy Fairbank at the opening.
Paintings for sale include two of my recent Tidal Barrier works and two of my Hull cityscapes.
Hull Print Collective
Friday, 4 May 2018 at 16:46
The Hull Print Collective is an evolving group of printmakers which meets weekly at Hull College to exchange ideas, offer advice and use the facilities to print and make final work.
Hull Print Collective organises several exhibitions a year, with one at Beverley (details below) and one at Burton Constable coming up in 2018. Cliff has recently joined them and some of his prints appear on the website, where you can also find details of exhibitions and other events.
Hull Print Collective Exhibition at Salt Architects
Saturday 30th June to Thursday 30th August 2018.
There will be two Open Days were the Hull Print Collective will be represented by various members of the group.
Saturday 30th June 10 am to 4 pm – Open Day
Thursday 5th July 5.30 to 8 pm – Open Day
We plan to have some ‘Meet the Artists’ days in August – Watch this space for further details.
Framed and unframed prints are available to purchase throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Exhibition @ Salt
New Prospect Gallery Opening. Sandra Holle's exhibition
Thursday, 3 May 2018 at 08:50
Sandra's exhibition accompanies the retrospective mentioned on the previous blog. All welcome. Come along and let us put a drink in your hand as you see both shows.
Thursday, 3 May 2018 at 08:42
The new Prospect Gallery opens with two new shows. One's a retrospective of work done on Hull College access courses, including work done by artists on the Professional Practice programme, which will feature a couple of Cliff's latest cityscapes.
The other show is by my colleague Sandra Holle, exploring a communist childhood in Easter Germany. I'll post the flyer of that, too.
Here's an invitation. All Welcome.
Hull Tidal Barrier: new painting
Friday, 27 April 2018 at 10:12
I've just finish this second large painting of the Hull Tidal Surge Barrier, which is just along the River Hull from my studio in the Old Town. The painting is the same size at the first one, 102cm x 127cm (40" x 50"). Whereas the first paint looked west, inland towards the post-industrial strech of the river, this looks out east and focuses on the light. I've adopted a different strategy here, simplifying the architecture and the structure of the piers and abstracting the light and reflections into harder-edged patterns and allowing faily large and luminously empty stretches.
We'll be having a retrospective exhibition in the new Hull College gallery in The Precinct, Hull, in early May, followed by an end-of-year show in June. I'll post details in a day or two.
Voyage: The Arctic Corsair
Thursday, 22 March 2018 at 19:03
Here's the latest etching in the series to illustrate the Voyage poems / musical collaboration with Deborah Pritchard and trumpeter Simon Desbruslais. The long-retired Arctic Corsair trawler is now a museum piece moored on the River Hull.
I was originally commissioned, along with Angela Leighton, Carol Rumens, and David Wheatley, to write a poem to celebrate the unveliling of Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir's Voyage statue in Hull in 2006. The event was attended by the Icelandic Prime Minister, who arrived in Hull aboard an Icelandic gun-boat which docked not far from the Atlantic Corsair. The last time the two ships had been that close was decades earlier during the Cod War, when I believe the Hull trawler had rammed the navy vessel. This was also the last voyage for the gun-boat which was going bak to Iceland to be decommissioned.