Gerry is currently the president of MAFA – Manchester Academy of Fine Arts
Seeing the world from above rather than being in it and looking across, has brought an exciting new challenge in ways of observing and recording the landscape. Looking down on the world has meant that he could see the ordinary features of a landscape in an extraordinary way and he then had to find new methods of painting in order to represent that new perspective.
From being a young boy, Gerry often walked around Rivington and was enthralled by its varied and rich beauty .The changes brought about by the seasons and the weather, ensure that the landscape is always interesting and that the barns, the woodlands, the reservoirs, the high moors and Rivington Pike each provide a focal point for his painting. These are his ingredients and as an artist and resident of the area, he never tires of going out drawing and painting in Rivington.
His travels outside the area have also been inspiring and finding new subject matter and ways of responding to them have enriched his art. Gerry enjoys sitting quietly and unobtrusively drawing people, not in the portrait sense but as clusters of exciting images, shapes even, quickly drawn then painted back in the studio, always aiming to retain the initial spontaneity of those fleeting café moments.
Travelling further afield to places such as Mauritius, Madagascar, Zambia, Borneo and Australia afforded him that ‘eureka moment’ of ‘seeing’ the landscape in an entirely different way than what he was more familiar with when painting Rivington. These unique paintings, which he thoroughly enjoys creating, have opened up new areas of success for his artistic career. New collectors, prestigious exhibition venues and winning major prizes, have all encouraged him to continue developing this work whilst still enjoying drawing groups of people and painting the immediate area of Rivington.
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