Kara Lloyd
Drew Ward
Andy Fullalove
Michelle Love
Anna Lilleengen

Art at Seven

At Seven, we are keen to promote local artists by exhibiting their work in Seven’s café/bar. We rotate exhibitions on a monthly basis.

Current Artist

Gerard Hughes

Gerard Hughes

Gerry was born in Birkenhead in 1964 and currently lives in Liverpool where he works in his top floor studio overlooking the Welsh mountains. From a working-class background, Gerry went on to study both Human Geography and Environmental Management. His love of nature led him down the path of Gaianism and he became inspired by saving the world from environmental destruction. His path into full-time painting began around his mid-thirties during a time of emotional turbulence in his life. Painting became therapy – an escape from the conscious mind – and he would work with any materials at hand, often resorting to using up old tins of paint that friends had lying around their sheds; mats and rugs, the Yellow Pages, and even a portion of his bed were utilised. Indeed, the first painting of this exhibition is a piece painted on that same bed using whatever paint was to hand that day and represents Gaia crying.

Gerry works primarily with oils and occasionally acrylics or watercolours. As his love of painting developed so did his interest in the subject as a whole and he began to collect books about painters. Many of his earlier paintings were painted on request from friends or family and he would happily reproduce Van Gogh’s Sunflowers or Monet’s Japanese Footbridge, for example. He was, and still is, interested in all genres but began by exploring impressionism, post-impressionism, pointillism, fauvism, etc. His work became more intense as he became engrossed by the skills of Rembrandt, particularly as a portrait painter and a period of repeatedly painting Rembrandt’s self-portrait ensued. As Gerry honed his skills in both oils and portrait painting his style became increasingly abstract including his self-portraits. He would count Frank Auerbach and Lucian Freud as prominent influences at the moment.

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