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Contrast and Connection

23 April @ 10:00 am - 14 May @ 5:00 pm


A joint exhibition of works by James Bland and Ashraf Hanna; two internationally acclaimed artists who work in different mediums, who have never met and live in different parts of the country, despite these differences, we have found common ground.

The artists’ work embodies the same core structures. Surfaces appear to focus on woven textures roughened by brushstrokes and tools- colours follow the same tonal hues of strong low tones and pops of electrifying highlights. Every grey is balanced with a contrasting colour. The contrast of fluidity and hard edges of Hanna’s vessels mimic the curves and angular marks in Bland’s portraits.

James Bland is an incredibly gifted and well-respected painter, a member of the New English Art Club, a regular exhibitor at the Mall galleries and a member of the Contemporary British Portrait Painters.

Known for his portraits and still lifes- Bland’s handling of paint strikes a balance between imitating the old masters whilst keeping a contemporary context. Drawing inspiration from a multitude of subject matters, Bland’s concepts mainly stem from memory, dreams and various folklore. Painting in oils, Bland begins his compositions working from models and home- made props in his studio. As the basic forms appear to him, he relies less on reference points and allows the paintings to tell him what they need.

Ashraf Hanna is an Egyptian born British artist working in West Wales. Hanna’s work is represented in a number of public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Ariana Museum Geneva, and The National Museum of Wales.

Hanna’s process begins with a drawing, spending hour upon hour sketching in his studio. The artist takes the time to be meditative about his craft, exploring the boundaries of his imagination. Once Hanna has a sense of what direction the vessel should take, he begins to hand build his forms. Shaping the clay, creating carefully considered cuts and dents, pushing the medium beyond its traditional parameters. There is an importance of juxtaposition of form: the undulating bowl-like vessels are often contrasted by the sharp structural edges of the rim, creating a tension for the viewer.

We are incredibly proud to bring this exhibition and these artists to Manchester. We look forward to seeing you in the Gallery.


23 April @ 10:00 am
14 May @ 5:00 pm
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Contemporary Six
37 Princes Street
Manchester, M2 4FN Manchester
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