From Manchester To New York: Michael Ashcroft Solo Show

4 - 18 September 2021

 

 

 

 

 

  • 'As a young kid I always had a fascination for lights and the hustle and bustle of a city. I...

    'As a young kid I always had a fascination for lights and the hustle and bustle of a city. I used to love people watching (and still do), and whenever I’m driving into a city now I still get those same feelings as youngster growing up.'  

  • Michael & Manchester , The city that stole his heart.

    Michael & Manchester

    The city that stole his heart.

    For Michael, Manchester is his local city which he has sketched and painted so thoroughly over the years he  provides an artistic perspective like no other. Ashcroft knows every alleyway, landmark and backstreet in Manchester and hopes to inform his viewers about his relationship with the cityscape through this collection.

     

    Manchester became more prominent in his life when he was diagnosed with a large tumour behind his left ear and was referred to Manchester Royal Infirmary for the operation. Ashcroft spent two weeks in hospital, which was the longest time I had spent in Manchester. He rememebers he used to 'enjoy watching the cars and people go about their business outside and just wanted to be back out there'. 

     

  • 'I thought I would have turned away from Manchester, what with the operation and all the hospital visits, but I...

    'I thought I would have turned away from Manchester, what with the operation and all the hospital visits, but I actually grew to love it more and more. I always visited the Whitworth Art Gallery whenever I was there for a check-up, so I always left the city with a good feeling. It was there my passion for art grew stronger as did my love for this great city.' - Michael 

     

    In this collection, Ashcroft takes on the role of an observant pedestrian, visiting and admiring mant of the same landmarks that residents and visitors have grown close to. At the development stage of his paintings, Michael creates smaller oil paintings which he then uses as a reference to work up into larger, more finished pieces. 

     

  • To New York

     Michael's visit to New York three years ago allowed him to view the scenes in person that he painted for this solo show. The intricate detail and accurate colour palette captures the light and dark of the city; the juxtaposition of colours captures the liveliness of the city throughout the day and into the evening. 

     

    'I think  staying in the Meat packing district for my first visit to New York was the best thing that we could have done.  I immediately felt like I was back in the Northern Quarter in Manchester. The back streets are so similar its hard to think it’s not the same city if it weren’t for the accent.  I remember sitting in Hudson Square with my headphones on drinking tea and sketching the people sat around thinking this is incredible, I love this city!!' 

    -Michael Ashcroft 

  • 'I hope the viewers will see that I have stood in that exact spot to get the idea for the...

    'I hope the viewers will see that I have stood in that exact spot to get the idea for the painting, I can only work this way, I have to experience and connect with the view. A moment in time captured in my mind and then in paint.' 

     

     

  • The City That Never Sleeps

    The City That Never Sleeps

    The collection will showcase Michael's favourite scenes from the shadow covered bridges to the drama filled landmarks that define New York as a city. Ashcroft hopes the viewers will see that he stood in the exact spot to get the perspective right for each painting, he explains 'I can only work this way, I have to experience and connect with the view'. 

     

    'I’ve been lucky enough to visit NY twice now, but for this show I’ve tried to capture New York as I saw it for the first time, the famous landmarks and some obscure street corners, its unmistakably New York.' - Michael 

     

  • We look forward to welcoming you to the Gallery for the journey "From Manchester to New York'.  Please join us for the Gallery preview day on Saturday 4th September, it is not one to be missed!

     

    See you then, 

    Contemporary Six