Brendan Lyons

Through experimentation with the techniques of painting, and the material of artists’ paint itself, Brendan Lyons uses the traditions and references of Western painting as a base from which to investigate various issues of interest.

Brendan Lyons’ paintings are made of artists’ paint alone. The entire surface, structure, and support consist of paint. A cross-section cut between any two points of any one painting, would reveal only paint. The paintings are then fixed to the wall using further artists’ paint as an adhesive. This leaves just one element (paint) attached to the wall.

The paintings are often placed directly into the urban environment, and they sit convincingly within a dual context of the contemporary built environment and the formal boundaries of Painting. What may appear to be bricks, polythene sheets, various types of tape, builder’s orange safety netting, sheets of corrugated metal or cardboard, and other discarded packaging – are in fact just unsupported paint alone.

Brendan Lyons currently lives and works in Liverpool, England.
Recent exhibitions include: ‘Pile’ at Chapter, Cardiff, 2011, and Surface Gallery, Nottingham, 2010, ‘Brendan Lyons’ The Bluecoat, Liverpool, Sept – Nov 2010 and ‘FringeMK Painting Prize’ Milton Keynes, July 6 – August 6, 2010

Brendan Lyons. Photo c. McCoy Wynne

Bernadette O’Toole

Bernadette O’Toole lives and works in the UK, she is currently based at the Bluecoat Studios Liverpool and is represented by BITR Gallery Gainsborough.

O’Toole’s paintings, drawings and recent installations reflect her ongoing fascination with the architectural spaces we construct, both real and imagined, and our relationship to these spaces.

O’Toole’s work is characterized by highly individual combinations of figurative and abstract elements. The constructed spaces in her paintings seem to operate on a sensory level, conscious of the observer and the way in which seeing is interchangeable with revelation. O’Toole’s considered handling of the paint is used as an illusionistic device, as a sensory mode of apprehension. This is a restless world of edges and planes, charged with an emotional energy which if fugitive and illusive, can be captured and held on the surface of the painting. Her more recent circular paintings suggesting unpopulated landscapes where planes collide and distort giving rise to complex and unstable readings.

Recent Exhibitions include: London Art Fair 2011, Marmite Painting Prize 2011, Turning up the Quiet, The Globe Gallery, Newcastle 2010, and Turning up the Quiet, Liverpool Biennial 2010

Bernadette O’Toole. Photo c. McCoy Wynne

Richard Proffitt

Richard Proffitt (b. 1985) is an artist living and working in Liverpool, UK. His work is inspired by and references the anthropology of ancient civilizations, teenage idols, ghost towns, curio ephemera, post-apocalyptic sci-fi films, spaghetti westerns, underground and slacker sub-culture, classroom humour and childhood memory.

These inspirations become intertwined and their meaning mangled, producing work that is absurd, funny, dark and mysterious. The work will often become realised as make-shift ceremonial relics or ritualistic hang-outs.

Recent exhibitions include: Shooting The Breeze, The Cooperative, Liverpool, 2010, Krimskrams, Cartel Gallery, London, 2010, Dream Machine, Metal at Edge Hill, Liverpool, 2010 and Global Studio, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, 2010.

Richard Proffitt. Photo c. McCoy Wynne

Markus Soukup

Markus Soukup is a New Media and Sound artist living and working in Liverpool since 2003. He has been based at the Bluecoat since 2008.

He is interested in how an object, image or moving image can communicate its intended content or expression by still enabling freedom of interpretation on realistic and abstract levels.

His work is situated mainly in the context of installation and the moving image incorporating video, 2D and 3D animation. Fascinated by the screen as a window opening up to the virtual space, he searches for a way of incorporating new technologies to install or position ‘situations’ or ‘mental objects’ in both – real and virtual – spaces. Other areas of his work are digital photography, typography, graphic and interactive design, field recordings, sound design and electronic music.

Previous exhibitions include: Lost Soul and Stranger Service Station (at the Bluecoat) during the Liverpool Biennial 2010, the New Media Art Festival in Seoul (Korea) in 2010, the 11th International Media Art Biennial – WRO 05 in Wroclaw (Poland) 2005 and numerous other local, national and international exhibitions and festivals.

Markus Soukup. Photo c. McCoy Wynne