'Bold, colourful art that lifts your spirts'
Anew Hull gallery aiming to showcase the best inYorkshire art has opened its second major exhibition.
The 1 Gallery, on Hull Marina, is now showing a career retrospective of Hull abstract artist Raymond Greenley, which will run until Friday, April 12.
Gallery owner Paul Dennis said the exhibition of Greenley's bright, brash, colourful acrylic paintings – created during a five-decade career – are the perfect pick-me-ups for these drab winter days.
He said: "I first came across Raymond at the Kingston Art Group, down at their gallery in Humber Street, and I was blown away by his work.
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"They're just full of energy and are really colourful, bold, uplifting paintings.
"They're perfect for what modern art buyers are looking for – both for the home and the commercial world. They'd look amazing in big public spaces. They're very much what people are looking for.
"I think young and old who want to have something on their walls to lift their spirits, will be pleased to have discovered Ray."
With titles such as Honky Tonk Yellow, Floating Stripes and Cosmic Collision, 68- year-old Greenley's work is inspired by painters such as Josef Albers and also Kandinsky – but, as well as being nice to look at, also have some deeper meanings, says the artist.
Greenley 68, who taught for many years at Wolfreton School in Hull, says his work is an "exploration into the vibrancy of colour".
"When I paint, it's instinctive," he says. "Lots of things come into play but I'm always striving to keep the process simple. Constantly transforming the image that is waiting to appear.
"Our own responses to colour, plays a massive part in this.
"I try to give form to that energy and have been greatly influenced by the art colour theories of Josef Albers and also Kandinsky."
Greenley's paintings are on sale for around the £1,200 mark for an original, although limited edition Giclée prints of the work are also available for £95.
The 1 Gallery opened in Wellington Street West, Hull Marina, last September, after owner Paul tested with water with an online art shop.
Then, after a trial run with a proper physical gallery in Anlaby, in an old deli shop, brand design consultant Paul said he was bitten by the art bug – and started trawling for new premises for a permanent gallery.
"I just found I really enjoyed working in a gallery," says Paul. "Art's a passion and something I just find fascinating.
"The marina is perfect and there's a real artistic community and buzz building up around the place now.
"With Fruit, the Kingston Art Group and Malcolm Scott's new music studios I think, I hope, we're reaching the tipping point down here, where the marina and old Fruit Market will become a proper cultural quarter.
"I'm already planning ahead for the next two exhibitions here, so I think these are exciting times."