15/01/24 - 10/02/24
Albert B-C is an emerging artist living and working in Sunderland. They completed their MA in Fine Art in 2023. His work covers portraiture, sculpture, found objects, street art and graffiti, and more constantly changing elements brought together in a style informed by postmodern collage techniques. Alberts methodology is best described as a holistic creative enterprise; the artist engages in any creative pursuits they can focus on, constantly reworking these elements back into their large-scale painting and collage practice. They produce focused works such as classical drawings and portraits, lino carvings, sculptures, typography and graffiti pieces, textile and colour experiments, expressionistic paintings & and drawings, and bring these works to full fruition in an isolated fashion before they are later considered as pieces of the larger self-collage process. In their own practice, the artist has developed a methodology and approach that produces striking, intense, and tactile works that feature a library of information expressed through the artist's bricolage visual & and symbolic language and recognisable and relatable elements of pop culture and contemporary information-age western life. In relation to the scene around them, the artist is seeking to help the expansion of the local art scene and market through running exhibitions, participating in collectives, collaborating with other local artists, and helping to put up works in a public setting through their involvement in the Councils Future Walls project, which seeks to erect murals and public artworks throughout the city and link the creative elements of the city together with an art trail. He is currently converting their home into an exhibition and studio space to set up exhibitions & and collaborate with local artists.
Melissa Duncan is a contemporary artist, whose practice exists in the expanded field of painting, exploring the subject of narrative both personal and fictitious often focusing on historical moral tales but with a contemporary retelling. Duncan’s large-scale paintings often spill onto the floor or exist in a three-dimensional form consisting of an array of mixed media, canvas, cardboard, and found materials that are daubed, dripped, and covered in acrylic and spray paints.
The works both feature and swing from the representational to abstract in a way that almost activates its composition - a rabbit is seemingly ready to scurry resting between fight or flight, and a horse holds confidence and strength.
This surrealist painting is inspired by Alice in Wonderland and her frequent size changes. This is a representation of her inner self and what situations she is facing. During her most uncertain times, her size decreases to an insignificant size symbolising her insignificance in light of the decision.
Hannah Keith is a North-East artist, born in South Shields and partially raised in Nottingham, currently doing her MA in Visual Contemporary Practice at Sunderland University. Most of her practice consists of paintings, some of which are complemented with a range of prints, zines and sculptures. Her work often explores the relationship between the universality of myth and culture. I am heavily inspired by both global and personal history, which is complemented by the symbols and stories embedded within the culture at that moment in time. Hannah also enjoys exploring themes including conspiracy and the unknown as well as scientific cases often focused on the natural world. These themes link to events from our effects on climate change to the unexplainable occurrences in our oceans.