After a hugely enjoyable preview of The Northern Boys exhibition last weekend, we have had some time to relax a little, take stock, and to fully appreciate the superb plein air works in the show. There was a great turnout, with visitors across both floors of the Gallery throughout the day — and, excitingly, a film crew. If you haven't already watched the promo video for the exhibition, you can find it here. It's a fascinating quick-take from several of The Northern Boys on painting in Manchester, recent trips abroad, and what the group stand for.
As a longer documentation of the exhibition, and of The Northern Boys' process in action, the filmmakers will soon be producing another video for release in the coming weeks. We can't wait to see it. Keep your eyes peeled!
One of the best aspects of working in a Gallery is providing quality paintings to new and appreciative owners — and in the case of The Northern Boys, to introduce clients to artists they might not have been aware of. As depicted in the works, some visitors recognised restaurants they had attended years ago, some remembered romantic getaways, some described happy (or sodden) days in their city; in other cases, it was simply colour that caught the eye, reflections, shadow, texture, or movement — but always the feeling was that this substantive technique of painting outdoors yielded a sort of spirit or energy that connected with the viewer.
Several works have indeed found new homes, but — another advantage of such a group exhibition — there are still some pieces available.