White Wall Space are putting on a week-long pop-up exhibition of contemporary images of Southend as a seaside town, at the Cultural Centre on the Pier.
The focus of What the artist saw… at the seaside exhibition is on the different responses from three artists to the same seafront environment. The work of Simon Fowler, Christopher Green, Simon Poulter and Jonathan Trim offers diverse perspectives of Southend-On-Sea that ultimately poses the question – what are we seeing when we think of the seafront? This collection seeks to challenge our pre-conceptions.
Working in the mediums of photography, drawing, and painting, we see Southend through their eyes. The seafront is presented as a place of beauty, from the natural scenic seascapes to the man-made structures that shine in their iconic splendor.
Simon Fowler - a Leigh-based photographer and designer who has won acclaim for his contemporary images depicting Southend-on-Sea as a tourist destination. These are modern-day takes on the early 20th century posters of the area. Simon’s work also includes images of the estuary and it’s ever-changing moods.
Christopher Green - London-based fine artist and an MA graduate of Byam Shaw School of Art, Central St. Martins. Christopher’s works focus on the Thames and includes intricate images of a bustling waterway in the heart of the city, scenes of a calmer nature at the marshlands of Rainham, and for this exhibition, a specially commissioned drawing of the Southend seafront. During his artistic career Christopher has undertaken commissions in New York and Paris. He also has work in several private collections including Forbes, Hermès and the Royal Collection.
Jonathan Trim - a Leigh-based artist who explores the landscape using the themes of estuaries and the remote areas of England. He uses a wide range of materials and techniques exploiting many aspects of mixed media. His paintings are often about places that he has known and explored over a long period of time. Some of these places he has known from childhood and therefore the works are imbued with a deep sense of time and place and memory. These are places that are revisited many times, often working in the location to capture the atmosphere and personal feelings associated with a particular environment. The results are paintings that are powerful in colour and texture and rich in personal emotional response.
Simon Poulter is an artist and curator working in both Liverpool and Southend.
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