Richard Cox Exhibition.

You are invited to an exhibition opening at the West Wharf Gallery by Richard Cox on October 18th, 6pm until 8pm.
Paintings, Drawings, Books & Prints
West Wharf Gallery
18th October – 17th November 2018
Richard Coxs work is diverse in subject matter and method of delivery. His work is both
figurative, images of mid 20th century American cars and his documentation of Stepwells  subject of an international touring exhibition of Indian traditional architecture.
He also works in a purely abstract manner in his drawings and paintings and additionally also creates observational handmade books, in wide ranging subject matter.
This exhibition at West Wharf Gallery provides the visitor an opportunity to observe this
range of work which contains some common threads as well as contrasts and paradoxes
which characterise the artists approach to making work. Most recently his digital prints
were on exhibition at the Science Museum in the “Illuminating India. 5000 Years of Science and Innovation” show. His work can be found in 27 public collections.


How do you judge contemporary art?

How can you tell the difference between good and bad art? Whose opinion can you trust? If one person really likes a certain piece, and another hates it, who’s right? Does it even matter?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you will either think that an art work is beautiful or you won’t. There are some aspects of beauty which people may agree on such as symmetry, complimentary colours, certain textures and compositions, movement and direction. However, your eye will naturally be drawn to what you prefer, some people will agree with you and some disagree.

For some people art has to have a meaning or evoke emotion and for others it is purely representational with no intent. Sometimes how the artist is expressing themselves is what is unique about the art work. Artists’ statements can be satisfying to read so the audience can fully understand the intent behind the work. Skill is the most measurable part of an artwork and arguably the aspect which needs the most practice to judge.

Here at West Wharf we advise looking at design, texture, colour, how it is put together and so on. However it is a question of what you like and what speaks to you. The art you choose is personal, it says something about you.

So how do you judge contemporary art? Please share your thoughts and opinions.

P.S. The Hope sisters are exhibiting their work at West Wharf Gallery until next week, so pop in and take a look!

Nichola Hope  Alwa - Lulu

The Hope exhibition… A quick reminder

Hello all, just to remind you that West Wharf Gallery will be exhibiting work from Sarah and Nichola Hope until 15 May. Please pop in to see this fantastic exhibition while you have the chance.

The twin sisters have been making art work at the Welsh National Opera since 2005. They have built up a rapport and relationship with the company that allows them intimate and inspirational access to rehearsals.

The unpredictable nature of what unfolds on stage is observed; gestured and animated forms give rise to multiple figure inventions. Working within the hubbub of rehearsal, the artists strive to capture their subject’s movements, emotions, and air of performance. The practice is predominately in drawing and painting with an element of distortion and fantasy.

West Wharf Gallery

West Wharf Gallery

The exhibition also features work from guest artists Eirian Llwyd, David Ball, and Richard Dore-Dennis. The gallery is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 – 5, there is also a café serving refreshments and a roof top conservatory and garden to be explored!

Roof top garden and conservatory

West Wharf Gallery features a roof top conservatory and garden, providing the perfect space to relax and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. The roof top garden is currently in the process of being developed, with this week seeing the addition of a new patio area.

Here are some photos of the roof top over the years, from when the conservatory was first built to present day.

roof top 1

roof top 2

roof top 4

We would really appreciate ideas as to how to improve the space – any ideas/requests?

New Beginnings

Over the past few weeks Elizabeth Cooling has reopened her art gallery which has been closed for 20 years, and started the process of re-establishing herself on the contemporary art scene. West Wharf Gallery was a huge success in the late 80s and early 90s before closing in 1993 and Liz hopes for similar success second time round with help from her son, Michael, who is her advisor in chief.

Liz’s does not display top end artists but instead deals with middle range artists. Her goal is to help emerging artists by presenting a combination of up-and-coming and established artists. When people become interested in new work it gives the artists an opportunity and the gallery plays a part in that success. West Wharf Gallery provides a space for young Welsh artists who need a forum to show their work.

The gallery recently enjoyed a successful art show opening. Artists Sarah and Nichola Hope have been drawing and painting at the Welsh National Opera since 2005, creating art during rehearsals and performances inspired by props, sets and costumes. Below are some photos from their exhibition opening night.