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See Spray Gallery and Art Shop

See Spray Gallery and Art Shop

New gallery opens: See Spray

See Spray, a new gallery and art shop in Hastings, opened to the public at 153-154 Queens Road in June.

‘The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.’
Pablo Picasso

“Our mission is to bring original contemporary art to Hastings and to engage the local community with creative and fun workshops and events for all ages and abilities,” writes curator, Ella Matthews. “We aim to be affordable, inclusive, innovative and community minded.

“We will include work in varied styles and mediums including but not limited to: Urban, Street, Pop, Psychedelic, Hyperrealistic, Graphic and Modern art, in paintings, collage, print, photography and sculpture.

“We can offer space for the community to engage in artistic pursuits through the use of the large open plan public space and shop downstairs, and shop floor/community space upstairs.

“In addition we will have 6 to 7 solo shows a year on one side of the gallery, a collection of varied artists including local talent in the ongoing group show on the opposite side of the gallery, as well as gift ideas such as prints, art books and greeting cards, and good-quality art supplies for local artists.

“Hastings has always been full of artistic talent but there is a lack of space for local art enthusiasts and artists to come together, create, talk about and display their work. We are excited to be able to provide room to do so. This project is the first of its kind and we hope to get the local community involved as well as attract attention from the wider art scene.”

The first solo show was by local artist Tom Bartlett, whose satirical and thought-provoking collages have been snapped up by collectors for the last 20 years. The other artists on board include John Hurford, who is the last remaining UK psychedelic artist and has been painting prolifically since the 60s; award-winning artist, Alexandra Gallagher, whose work has been shown internationally including at the Saatchi Gallery – and Sue Tilley, a local artist who was immortalised in a painting by Lucien Freud that made history by becoming the most expensive work of art ever sold by a living artist. For details of all the artists connected to See Spray, visit this link: See Spray Gallery artists.

The art on display is eclectic and the messages behind the work vary, but they all have elements in common: originality, talent and the ability to provoke thought and invite discussion. Prices are as varied as the work available: from £1 for a handmade badge to £8000 for an original painting, all contemporary art lovers will find something to fit their budget, look great on their walls, catalysing many a conversation.

Facebook: @SeeSprayGallery
instagram: seespraygallery

Posted 18:06 Monday, Jul 2, 2018 In: Arts News

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