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Solo exhibition 'Unsettled' by Steve des Landes comes to The Williamson

9th January 2018

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Steve des Landes Williamson Exhibition

Image: Adam & Eve

Unsettled

Painter, Steve des Landes has lived close to the Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead for several years and won the Williamson Open in 2015. Despite showing his work elsewhere in Liverpool and London, he has not had a solo show in Wirral.  The Williamson Art Gallery are delighted to open their involvement with Wirral’s 2018 Year of Culture and Creativity with his extensive exhibition Un-settled. The event is also involved in Liverpool 2018, the beginning of ten years of culture, creativity and new visitors to the Liverpool City Region.

He has created the works for Un-settled, working diligently in his studio over the past five years. His work reflects his emotional journey from a childhood in coastal Southport and the significant influences of an urban adulthood in Liverpool and Birkenhead.

Colin Simpson, principal museums officer for the Wirral Museums Service who has curated this exhibition says of Steve’s work:-

“Constantly aware of the passage of time, Steve des Landes has developed and grown in the last few years of dedicated work, making paintings that continue to intrigue. They burrow into bizarre corners of life while appearing straightforward. The people shown live their lives, but there is always a feeling of another world not seen, shadows falling across the eyes betraying secrets, or at the very least thoughts, yet to be revealed. Nobody in these paintings is quite comfortable: therein lies their tension and their fascination. They are unsettled and they communicate their restlessness to us.”

It is clear, in preparing the exhibition that this marks a significant moment in his artistic life as a mature artist when he is saying “I am here, I am part of the community. This is who I am. It is unsettling but necessary”.

Photographer, James Deegan will also have an exhibition of his work of portraits of people connected with the gallery including staff and visitors in the exhibition space around The Williamson Cafe showing the creative and community hub that the Williamson has become since its fight to remain open. There will also be the first of two exhibitions by painter Will C Penn who was a significant member of the creative community in Wirral last century. He taught several generations of painters at Liverpool School of Art between 1911 and 1946 and dominated the art scene in Wirral by force of his personality, in effect founding the Wirral Society of Arts in 1948. 

Open to the public from 13th of January until 4th of March 

(Private View on Friday 12th of January from 6 -9pm - please RSVP if you will be able to attend or register via Eventbrite.

 

People of The Williamson (Photographic exhibition from James Deegan)

Open to the public from 13th of January until 4th of February

 

Will C Penn at the Williamson

Open to the public from 13th of January until 4th of February

Venue details:  Williamson Art Gallery and Museum

Slatey Road, Birkenhead, CH43 4UE, 0151 666 3537

Fully accessible, free parking*, free wifi and cafe available.

Website:- www.williamsonartgallery.org

Open: Wednesday to Sunday 10 –5pm (closed Monday & Tuesday) but staff shortages may necessitate early closure of some rooms at the end of the day.

The Williamson is currently closed until the 10th of January when it re-opens to the public at 10am.

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