Wednesday, 4 July 2012

'Giblets and all' at MEAT & POISON Exhibition

Latest Exhibition at Number Ten Gallery on 10, Bailie Street, Rochdale is by TEMPLE

DURING June and July, Number Ten Gallery in Rochdale Town Centre is hosting an exhibition by the internationally renown artist 'TEMPLE' entitled 'Meat & Poison'.  Controversially and perhaps unfashionably his painting 'Illusion of Paternity', which has been on show it Italy and Switzerland and is now available as a print priced £15 unframed is on sale at the Gallery, proclaims the rights of fathers and has been used in promoting campaigns in this cause.  The flyer that accompanies this exhibition says:  'this is a cause dear to his heart'.

His early works displayed the inspiration of surrealism on him, these went on to be shown at the Attic Gallery in Bury, Lancashire and brought him growing success.  There then followed a feature in the Lancashire Life journal, which put his work on the map and got him known in the art world.  Then came public commissions for a picture of Queen's Park in Heywood near Rochdale, and private commissions on an international scale.

The current exhibition at Number Ten Gallery displays the influence of Francis Bacon, and this is remarked upon in the visitor's comments:  one saying that this exhibition is 'Francis Bacon - Giblets and All'!  The flyer says:  'His new works have taken a turn towards abstraction with the intention to find new means of expression in paint, expanding on forms created by great british artists such as Bacon and Freud with a view to future innovations' (Karen Jones)

TEMPLE has benefited from being commissioned to paint the portraits of a number of Liberal politicians, including Lord Steel of Aikwood and former Rochdale MP, Paul Rowan.  He has done two portraits of Sir Cyril Smith MBE, one a full frontal face which is hanging in the Palace of Westminster and the other a side- view that is in the offices of The Ogden Trust in Oxford.  One visitor had said 'I don't much care for Cyril'.

The Number Ten Gallery,
at 10, Bailie Street,
OL16 1LG.
01706 354076.
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