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Chinese Artists

14 March 2011 by stepheng

Chinese painting of sailing ship.

Image courtesy of Liverpool Daily Post & Echo

I like the way Chinese artists have depicted the West over the centuries, particularly on ceramics and canvas.

Their work shows a fine delicacy which is charming as well as inspirational. Chinese marine art perhaps lacks the sense of movement captured by European artists but I am drawn in by the incredible technical detail.

A number of Chinese artists worked in Far East ports specialising in ship portraits for Western captains.

Several fine examples from the period 1850 to 1910 are on display in Merseyside Maritime Museum’s Art & the Sea gallery. Read more…

Raise your mugs to Mrs Mounter

10 February 2011 by Laura

When you have your first ‘cuppa’ tomorrow morning you might want to give a little thought to one of the Walker Art Gallery’s best-loved paintings.

Mrs Mounter painting

Mrs Mounter by Harold Gilman painted around 1916/17

‘Mrs Mounter’ is by the British artist Harold Gilman who was born 11 Feb 1876, 135 years ago tomorrow.

Gilman was a founder member of the Camden Town Group, an influential London artist collective formed at the start of the 20th century.

‘Mrs Mounter’ is a colourful portrait of Gilman’s landlady. The charming depiction of the elderly woman in her distinctive red head scarf, sat at a table with an un-matching tea set, is really popular with our youngest visitors. In fact to view the painting on a week day during term time you will often have to look over the heads of an excited school party! Read more…

Video gives sneak preview of new exhibition

2 February 2011 by Lisa

Detail of a portrait of a pale woman with red lips looking upwards

A detail of ‘St Lucy’ by Vouet – one of the paintings featured in the exhibition 
© David Lewis family interests

We’ve just released a new video to give you all a sneak preview of our upcoming exhibition ‘A Collector’s Eye: Cranach to Pissarro’, opening on Friday 18 February at the Walker Art Gallery! 

Our video gives a taste of what’s going to be on display and lets you ‘zoom in’ and get closer to some of the paintings.

The exhibition will show the changing tastes of prolific art collector, David Lewis and his family. Expect to see serene landscapes by Sisley, a dramatic battle scene by Rubens and stunning portraits like the Vouet work pictured above.

If you want to see the exhibition before everyone else, then enter our Twitter competition! Up for grabs are 3 pairs of tickets to the private view of the exhibition at the Walker on Thursday 17 February. Read more…

Cape Race

10 January 2011 by stepheng

painting of a paddle steamer in rough sea

Image courtesy of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo

I like rocky cliffs and crags, especially those descending straight into the sea – a mysterious meeting of rock and water. These are places not only of beauty and inspiration but also danger and death where many a ship has been wrecked.

South Stack island off Anglesey has always been a favourite where the Irish Sea crashes in, foaming and writhing. As a teenager I walked along the coastal paths of the South Hams in Devon and was mesmerised by crystal clean waters revealing the marine world. The tang of the sea coupled with sun-drenched light was incredibly stimulating. Read more…

New exhibitions for a great new year!

31 December 2010 by Lisa

Are you ready for new year’s eve? Thinking about what the new year will bring? I’m planning my party outfit and looking ahead to all the new exhibitions that will be coming to our venues. We’ve had a great year in 2010, with a record number of visitors to the ‘John Moores painting prize’ exhibition, the epic tale of survival brought to life in our Shackleton exhibition and the fascinating insight into wedding clothes and customs in ‘Hitched’ at Sudley House.
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New Ged Quinn painting at the Walker

7 December 2010 by Lisa

Painting of a sunsent with a house floating in the sky

The new painting by artist Ged Quinn on loan from a private collection.

If you have been wandering around our 20th century and contemporary gallery recently, you may have noticed that our amazing ‘Liverpool Cityscape’ has disappeared! Don’t worry, it’s just on loan right now for the ‘Ben Johnson: Modern Perspectives’ exhibition at the National Gallery in London.

In the mean time we have an explosion of colour filling the wall, in the form of a new loan. This stunning landscape with quirky details is by Ged Quinn, the Liverpool-born artist and juror for the John Moores Painting Prize 2010. It’s called ‘The Exiled Forever Coming in to Land’ and was painted earlier this year. Ged was inspired by the American landscape artist Frederic Edwin Church and his work called ‘Twighlight in the Wilderness’. Read more…

Exclusive Gary Hume design could be yours…

1 December 2010 by Lisa

Have you seen the flowers on the cover of the Independent newspaper today? This beautiful image has been created by acclaimed artist and John Moores judge, Gary Hume to help raise awarness about World Aids Day. Elton John is involved in editing the paper today and as Gary is one of his favourite artists, it’s no surprise that he asked him to produce a piece of work for the cover.

Gary Hume enamel badge

This little piece of Gary Hume art could be yours!

Gary is also producing a limited edition of 100 prints of the front-page image, signed by the artist and Elton John, on sale for £1,000. But if your pockets are feeling the pinch, you can easily get your own piece of work by Gary Hume in the form of a lovely John Moores 2010 enamel badge! Read more…

John Moores catalogue signing session

19 November 2010 by Karen

You might have already seen that on Thursday night (25 November) the 2010 John Moores Painting Prize winner, Keith Coventry, will be discussing his work with previous juror and independent art critic Sacha Craddock.

Both Keith and Sacha have kindly agreed to do a signing session after the event. Keith will signing copies of the JM2010 catalogue, and Sacha will be signing copies of the 2008 exhibition catalogue in which she features as a juror. Catalogues cost £9.95 and £5 respectively. Read more…

Our latest competition

29 October 2010 by Angela

Watercolour of a woman holding a box

‘Pandora’ by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

We’ve got a beautiful new book to give away in our latest competition – I really wouldn’t mind a copy myself.

British Watercolours and Drawings – Lord Leverhulme’s Collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery is more than 250 pages of wonderful images from the collection at Lady Lever. It includes work by Ford Madox Brown, Burne-Jones, Constable, Turner, Landseer, Millais, Rossetti and Reynolds, and is truly a celebration of British drawings and watercolours at their finest.

If you’d like to get your hands on your very own copy – and it would make a fab Christmas present if you decided not to keep it – just answer this question. Read more…

David Hoyle drops into the Walker

18 August 2010 by Lisa

Here’s Marketing Officer, Andrew Winder, to tell us about an interesting visitor to the Walker Art Gallery recently…


I joined artist David Hoyle last week on a walk-around of the Walker in preparation for his event there in November. Curator of Fine Art at the Walker, Charlotte Keenan accompanied us along with Kenn Taylor from Communities, Visitor Host, Emma Devlin and Gary Everett, Director of Liverpool’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender arts festival, Homotopia.

David’s event at the Walker, on Sunday 7 November, will form part of this year’s Homotopia festival, which runs from 1 – 25 November. He was enthralled by the two Lowry paintings currently on display, proclaiming that the artist is as important as Picasso. Sadly, they won’t form part of David’s tour as they’ll temporarily be replaced with other artworks. Look out for more information on the event here or on Homotopia’s website coming soon.

Man and a woman looking at a painting of a child

David and Charlotte checking out some of the paintings at the Walker.

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