Home and Away is a new exhibition by acclaimed artist Liam Spencer. Through a series of paintings, ink drawings and digital art it explores his home patch of Rossendale, alongside work from overseas including New York, Nepal and Australia.
Featured is a piece entitled “A Rossendale Compendium”, a large compilation of small ink drawings cataloguing the flora, fauna and landmarks that the artist has ‘collected’ on his travels throughout the borough. It is intended to complement the Whitaker’s typically Victorian collection of natural history. Other drawings have been made as direct responses to the museum’s cabinets of curiosities.
Also included are a number of word maps which take their shape from the map of the borough of Rossendale. Some explore the poetry of local place names which say much about the physical appearance of the Rossendale Valley - its weather, its history, its wildlife and its industry past and present. Others are an extension of the compendium, a list in both English and Latin of some of the diversity of creatures to be found in the borough.
There will be a chance to Meet the Artist on Saturday 21 April at 2pm; enjoy a glass of complimentary wine and join Liam as he introduces his exhibition. This is a FREE event, register your interest today.
Liam Spencer was born in Burnley in 1964 and studied Fine Art at Manchester Polytechnic, graduating in 1986.
Known for his vivid portrayals of urban landscapes, particularly of Manchester, he came to prominence with a solo exhibition at the newly opened Lowry Arts Centre in 2000. Since then he has exhibited widely, most notably a retrospective at Manchester Art Gallery in 2006, and his paintings have been collected avidly. In 2005 he was the subject of a 30-minute documentary on the BBC.
In 2008 Liam was asked to produce the artwork for the UEFA cup final at the City of Manchester stadium. The paintings and drawings were used to produce the cup final identity and were used on the programme, tickets, city centre banners and stadium dressing.
He exhibits regularly in the North West and beyond, and his work can be seen in several public collections, including Manchester City Art Galleries, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Touchstones Rochdale and Towneley Hall Museum and Art Gallery in Burnley.
Further information from www.liamspencer.co.uk.