Exhibition 4 – 30 September
Neil Shawcross: Penguins and Paint
Bangor Carnegie Library
Free Entry during library opening hours
Aspects Festival is thrilled to showcase the work of renowned artist, Neil Shawcross with a selection of his Penguin Book Covers.
Although based in Belfast, Neil Shawcross was born in Kearseley, Co Lancashire, in 1940. He attended Bolton College of Art, and Lancaster College of Art. He came to Belfast in 1962 as a part– time lecturer at Belfast’s College of Art.
As an artist, decorative, painterly concerns mean everything to him, the work of the eye being paramount. Shawcross’ painting is always affectionate, often humorous, always an act of faith, and a delight in the presentation of objects. His themes have remained still life, the portrait and the nude. His influences are by way of the French tradition – Bonnard, Mattisse and Duffy. His reductive eye picks out characteristic, telling shapes and patterns; colours soak and spread, while lines sparingly assist the editing process. As in children’s art, object and ground are governed by flatness. As an enthusiastic teacher of young children, Shawcross endorses their seeing in a manner of an equal partner, rather than an interventionist.