Preview Friday 2nd February 6- 8pm
exhibition continues until 23rd April 2018.
Tilted Plane brings together a series of paintings and drawings inspired by pattern making from a range of cultural traditions and techniques. Ranging through Southern Indian kolams, Islamic geometry, Celtic design, manuscript illumination and even the 1970s children’s toy, the Spirograph, Halliwell finds underlying similarities and cross-overs. Her work returns to the simple and universal constructions based on the circle and the square but with fine line and delicate nuance of surface. These are works that reward close viewing. And the intimate space of the Alexandria Library bookshop allows viewers to get near to fully experience the work. In this series, patterning gets confounded by the reflectivity of the gilded surface of the drawings. And the viewer is drawn into the work as different viewpoints alter what can be seen. Drawings angled like pages of a book encourage “conversations” between images, and pose the question of how art should be viewed. What is our relationship to the page, the book?
Based in the North West, Lesley Halliwell is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD at Manchester School of Art. Trained as painter at Nottingham Trent University (BA (Hons) 1989), she went on to study 20th century Art History (Goldsmith’s College, MA 1995) and Fine Art (Manchester Metropolitan University, MA 2001). Lesley is Director of Suite Studio Group, Salford, an artist group, and a part-time Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Chester. Lesley Halliwell has exhibited her work throughout the UK in numerous exhibitions including: Beauty is the First Test, Pumphouse Gallery, London; The Drawing Show, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Jerwood Drawing Prize; Superabundant, Turner Contemporary, Margate; and New Contemporaries.