Commission for Quay Bar, Manchester

Vibration, 1998, Oil on canvas, 240cmx210cm

This was a project at the early stages of my career as a painter. It was a very exciting opportunity for me. I was chosen by Roger Stephenson, architect (formerly Stephenson Bell, Manchester) to produce one large scale, and three small scale works for their new build of a restaurant bar Рthe Sterling Prize shortlisted Quay Bar in Deansgate. See also:

My painting was influenced by discussing the architects concepts in designing the building and their multilayered architectural response to the reverberating layers of canals which converge at this point, and visiting the building work in progress, as well as drawings I made along the waterways. These built up into many small works on paper and then resulted in the large scale canvas – Vibration. My father actually made the stretcher, which was hinged so as to remove it from my studio at the time – the Hub studios in Liverpool.

It led to me exhibiting for several years following with Artzu, a gallery based in Manchester, commissions for hotels and collectors via another Northern gallery, plus various other opportunities including some work being held in the Roger Stephenson studios collection.