Tobacco Factory

Exhibitions


CATHERINE CHAMBERS

3 - 30 November, Main Bar

Possession(s)

Catherine principally focuses on intricate pencil drawings based on subjects reflecting peoples' activities and existence.

In this exhibition Catherine explores belonging and belongings. We are surrounded by possessions: our own, those of others, those shared. Possession imparts uniqueness to what may otherwise be commonplace. Ownership and use leads to gradual change. Wear and tear, damage, repair and alteration develop identity and reflect a history. Aura may pervade: qualities of perhaps known users, locations and times past can draw the observer to a special closeness and reflectiveness.

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Dave Bain & Laura Wady

30 October - 29 December, The Snug

Knock Knock

Drawing on memories of the games, costumes and limitless imagination of childhood, Bristol artists Dave Bain and Laura Wady come together to present a unique exhibition of magical and bewitching paintings.

Each character started life with one artist and was completed by the other, resulting in a truly collaborative project that is full of unexpected moments and playful freedom.

The intimate setting of Tobacco Factory’s recently revamped side-room ‘The Snug’ provides the perfect back-drop to what is an intriguing set of images, full of detail and mystery, with story-like details that will surprise and shock.

Each artwork is for sale and there is a limited edition print run available too.

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Suzanne Partridge

5 - 31 January, Main Bar

My pan it boileth over

Paradoxically, chaos is the one stable constant of Suzanne Partridge's work. Within the often unnerving whorls of disjointed and deconstructed images, there is flux and conflict; death and rebirth vie for space in landscapes of macabre beauty - the million little deaths and new beginnings of a decadent consumer society and the teeming frail billions trapped within it.

Whatever the subject, the contingent nature of an ever-changing world is at the heart of Partridge's assessment of it; it is a violent collision between the individual and the ineluctable unseen forces of the wider world that compels her - and our - attention. Everything is malleable, unstable, and subject to rapid and painful transformation on a personal, political, or cosmic level; a Partridge picture can capture the experience of hearing a news broadcast about a terrorist atrocity or seeing a pan boiling over, and show us that both are - on some level - the same thing.

However unsettling her message is, though, its bleakness is never quite outweighed by the inspiration gained from realising that there are still people in the world who can address these ugly truths so unflinchingly and without compromise.
words: Silver Fox


LINDSAY MCDONAGH

7 January - 24 February, The Snug

Lindsay McDonagh presents a collection of original watercolour paintings, the theme of which centres around a selection of animal studies. Lindsay successfully captures the translucent quality of the paint and also the colour, texture and form of animals she depicts to remarkable effect.

Lindsay McDonagh has trained in diverse areas of art and design. After taking Art Foundation Studies at the University of Central England Birmingham, Lindsay went on to achieve a BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture at Nottingham Trent University. Following her graduation in 2005 she gained a Master of Arts from Kingston University, London.

As a member of the 'Drawn in Bristol' collective, Lindsay works out of her art studio in Hamilton House located in Stokes Croft. She has exhibited artwork at various venues around Bristol, Bath and Devon, including The Royal West of England Academy of Arts autumn open exhibition. Lindsay has recently had her design work published by an American greeting cards company, Calypso Cards.

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Kerry Day

25 February - 21 April, The Snug

Kerry enjoys the process of celebrating form through mixed media; building up a body of bright and bold work using the reduction linocut method, screen printing and painting.
Her figurative works celebrate the human form, the line and shape of a limb, the curve of the back, and in particular the interplay of light and shade. Drawing and painting are still an important part of Kerry’s practice, but printmaking holds a fascination for her.

“I can lose myself in the intensity and precision of the linocut process and the recognition that the piece is not finished until I cut that final line. I find screen printing offers a livelier, painterly feel, and, though time consuming; the methodical layering of colour and tone is immensely enjoyable.”

Recently she finds herself moving on from people to plants. Inspiration has come from the many cacti and plants she shares her home and studio with – the strong profiles of her spiky friends and the marvellously named Elephant Ear plant. Like many artists before her, she is fascinated by the shapes and contours of leaves, and the joy of discovering new patterns within the vibrant green foliage.

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Sean Milne

22 April - 2 June, The Snug

A professional artist and illustrator specialising in natural history, Sean works predominantly in watercolour. He is inspired by the nature surrounding the studio which he built in the Welsh Cambrian Mountains 35 years ago.

Sean's most recent work contrasts the beauty of birds and insects with the rustic surrounds of aging, isolated farm buildings. His pieces explore the way in which nature moves in to reclaim forgotten buildings and make them her own again, using her own building materials of mosses, fern and lichen, providing new habitats for wildlife.

Sean studied at Hornsey College of Art, London and has lived and worked in rural Mid Wales for over 35 years. His career as a wildlife artist and natural history illustrator spans over forty years.

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RECENTLY


LOCH NESS & FRIENDS present PSYCHEDELIA

3 October - 2 November, Main Bar

Fall down the monster rabbit hole into a dream like dimension where anything is possible and colour has no boundaries. His army of psychedelic characters playfully disorientate you to a place that oozes a twisted harmony and Zen. Influenced heavily by music of a rock era gone by The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin & The Rolling Stones. Taking the viewer on a trippy ride of banjo playing, guitar strumming, monster drumming feel good absurdity.

Loch Ness unveils new solo work and original collaborations with Cheba, Dave Bain, Jonathan Ball, Lauren YS, Mr Penfold, Muxxi, Oli Timmins, Oliver Hibert, Paul Monsters, Seb Niark, Sepr & 3Dom, Spzero76 & Bill Giles and Steven Silverwood.

Katy Christianson

10 September - 29 October, The Snug

Our first exhibition in The Snug, our newly revamped room, off our Main Bar.

Katy is an illustrator living and working in Bristol. She produces mostly black and white, very detailed images, and is inspired by mountains, crowded cities and the night sky.

She loves to work just with a rotring pen and some blank paper and nothing else, but is beginning to experiment with colour and is devoted to screen printing.

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George Mckenna

1 - 28 Sept, Main Bar

An artist driven by colour and light, George McKenna presents a collection of paintings on the theme of reflection. There is a clear passion for the process of painting that runs through his artwork, with bold brush strokes applied impasto, with a sculptural energy. Each canvas evolves under McKenna’s keen skills as an observational artist, particularly with this series of searching work, as he discovers the patterns and trends of the reflected world.

Not one to get caught up in complexity, McKenna’s work is a glorious and unrestrained simplification of nature, paired down to the essential. Evoking the strength and beauty of nature, in all its vibrancy and colour, each artwork is a wonder in its own right.

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