PAINTINGS inspired by a love of music make for a striking exhibition at Sleepers’ Bar on Viaduct Street, Huddersfield.
The artist is Stephen Renshaw, who lives on New North Road and is completing his training as a mental health nurse at Prestwich Hospital, Manchester.
“The show is based on my love of music and my interpretation of some of the songs,” he says.
Stephen was born in Sale, Cheshire, and has been painting since he was a child.
He studied textile design at Wolverhampton University and his interest in different textures comes through with his oil pastel and mixed media creations, which are skilfully tackled and reveal plenty of imagination.
Each of the works is linked to a particular song, such as The Eurythmics’ Angel. There’s a head of Christ, with crown of thorns, which is related to Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode.
A series of five portraits of Twiggy, using different materials and formats, recalls Kraftwerk’s No 1 hit The Model. Fade to Grey is linked to Visage.
I’m in Love with a German Film Star features Mariana, “a golden face from the golden era of cinema.”
“This is my first exhibition for a while,” Stephen says. “I would like to do another show, using different styles.”
The exhibition runs until the beginning of December and Sleepers’ Bar opens from 5pm Tuesday and Wednesday and from 4pm Friday and Saturday.
THE work of a pioneer aerial photographer is featured in a striking exhibition at the Bradford No 1 Gallery, housed in the new complex Bradford Council has created opposite the City Hall.
Entitled The North in Focus, the exhibition, running until January 25, features the early photos of C H Wood, and the large, clear and beautifully detailed black and white prints were made from glass negatives.
We look down from the sky at a wide range of towns and cities in Lancashire, Yorkshire and elsewhere; Hull (in 1964), Scarborough (1937), Whitby (1954), York (1951), Blackpool (1937), The Roof of England, Coniston, (1937).
NEXT to the Bradford No 1 Gallery is the Impressions Gallery, which has moved from York. Here 11 short but fascinating high definition video films are being shown, one featuring the farm in the middle of the M62 at Scammonden.
The gallery is open weekdays 11am to 6pm (closed Mondays) and weekends 12 noon to 5pm.
AN exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is being extended by four weeks because it has been so popular.
Sophie Ryder’s works in the rolling parkland and Longside Gallery include large-scale ‘wire drawings’ and her sculptures of women’s bodies with hare’s heads.