Right Here, Right Now: 21st-Century Art
30 November 2017An exhibition presenting the art of this millennium has just opened at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum. ‘Right Here, Right Now: 21st-Century Art’ runs until 8 May.
Councillor Samantha Dixon, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “The 21st century ‘comes of age’ in 2018. Arranged around the themes of people and animals, landscapes and buildings, still life, faith and abstraction, the exhibition celebrates the quality and diversity of art made since the year 2000. With fifty seven paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints by forty two artists, this diverse exhibition offers multiple pleasures. Encompassing a rich variety of media, styles and emotions, the exhibition demonstrates the Grosvenor Museum’s commitment to collecting and displaying contemporary art. Come and enjoy the art of our time.
“We are enormously grateful for the acquisition funds provided by the Arts Council England / Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, and for the generous donation of artworks by the Tyrer Charitable Trust, the Alan Cristea Gallery, and many of the artists. We owe a particular debt of gratitude to the Grosvenor Museum Society, which has generously supported this exhibition with funding for acquisitions and conservation.”
The exhibition was opened by Professor Timothy Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, who said: “It is fantastic to see such a wide range of contemporary art in the heart of Chester city centre. The University is proud to support such examples of creativity, and I’d like to thank the Grosvenor Museum for their commitment to collecting and displaying such interesting pieces.”
Highlights of the exhibition include Andrew Tift’s photo-realist acrylic portrait of Cheshire author ‘Alan Garner’, while Jude Howells expresses political outrage at the destruction of animals in her acrylic painting ‘What are we swallowing.com’. Ann Lewis celebrates the beauty of nature in her landscape linocut ‘Return to Presipe’, contrasting with Chris Faircloth’s majestic image of the built environment in his acrylic painting ‘Flyover’. John Whitehill’s oil painting ‘Left Hanging 1’ presents an unusually dramatic still life, while Marguerite Elliott’s oil painting ‘For God so loved the world’ is a passionate expression of her faith. The rich variety of abstract art ranges from the voluptuous colours of Ian Davenport’s ‘Citric Etching’ to the thrilling complexity of Sharon Lelonek’s drawing ‘Spiral 1’.
The programme of accompanying adult events includes:
Richard Hopkinson, Cllr Samantha Dixon, Prof Timothy Wheeler