Wednesday 2nd June Art Walk schedule

5.30 pm – Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery: Alan Davie
5.50 pm – Leeds College of Art: Books and Artists/ Kevin Cummins
6.20 pm – Leeds Art Gallery: Sean Scully: Works from the 1980s
6.45 pm – Henry Moore Institute: Hermann Obrist: Ornament and Line (exhibition opening).

Meet at 5.30pm inside the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery (Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, LS2 9JT)

The Leeds Art Walk is FREE. Booking is not essential but it will assist in estimating group numbers. To book contact or 0113 242 5100.

More about the exhibitions

Alan Davie:

A snapshot of the career of Alan Davie, Scottish master of abstract art, and a former Gregory Fellow in Painting at the University of Leeds (1957-59). 2010 marks Davie’s 90th birthday, and to celebrate, the Gallery is revisiting Davie’s career from his Gregory Fellowship to today. Davie’s expressive paintings, full of colour and energy, have changed over time, but his philosophy of painting – an automatic and vital process – has not. The exhibition will feature selected works from his career from the 1950s to now, with a special focus on some recent work and his technique.

Books and Artists:

Books & Artists is a series of occasional short exhibitions on the first floor at blenheim Walk showing exampples taken from the College collection of artists’ books. The often surprising work on display, by both local and international artists, from Black Dogs to Sophie Calle, allows a glimpse into this large collection of work.

Kevin Cummins:

Kevin Cummins studied photography in Salford, embarking on a career that began with documenting the burgeoning punk scene in Manchester. He later became Chief Photographer for the NME where his award winning photographs were a major contributing factor in the rise of the Madchester scene. This exhibition concentrates on the iconic photographs that Kevin took of Ian Curtis and Joy Division.

Sean Scully – Works from the 1980’s:

Sean Scully is one of the leading abstract painters working today. His work is represented in most major international museums and has been the subject of an extraordinary number of retrospectives around the world, in Europe, the Americas and Australia. In 1975 he settled in New York and now divides his time between New York, Barcelona and Munich.

In the early 1980s, Scully re-introduced colour, space and texture through the application of multiple layers of paint and thereby added an expressive element to his work. He introduced relief elements in his paintings, broadening the expressive range of his work with a more emphatic, physical quality: ‘I liked the idea of looking at a painting that you could not look at just from the front but had to move around.’ At the same time stripes widen and become more pulsating, colour intensifies and black is often used to evoke feelings from solemn to sinister.

By the mid 1980s Scully had gained international recognition and many major museums began to acquire his paintings. This exhibition focuses on Scully’s work from the 1980s, together with works on paper from the artist’s own collection. This period has not been reflected in recent gallery exhibitions but holds a very special place in the development of his art.

Hermann Obrist – Art Noveau Sculptor:

Half-Scottish, half-German, Obrist (1862-1927) is known principally for one work: a spiralling plaster motif often compared to Vladimir Tatlin’s iconic but unrealised ‘Monument to Revolution’. Obrist worked mainly in the applied arts and architecture, using motifs drawn from the structure of plants and shells in both two and three-dimensions. The remarkable surviving plaster forms are arguably the first abstract sculptures and will be shown here for the first time in the UK.


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