Jason Hicklin and Kane Cunningham
3rd November - 17th November
For the first time, we are bringing together Jason Hicklin and Kane Cunningham. Having shown these two artists for a number of years, the Zillah Bell Gallery is thrilled to be showcasing their latest works – Jason’s print and Kane’s paintings.
Jason’s work will hang in our downstairs gallery and Kane’s work will be exhibited in the upstairs gallery.
The exhibition opens on Saturday 3rd November – 17th November.
The private view is on Thursday 8th November from 6.30 – 8.30pm, everyone is welcome.
Jason Hicklin was born in Wolverhampton in 1966.
He studied at St. Martin’s College of Art, where he was a student of Norman Ackroyd CBE RA. After and completing a postgraduate course at the Central School of Art in 1991, Jason combined working as Norman’s studio assistant with producing his own work.
Jason’s paintings and etchings capture the feel of the weather and its effect on the landscape. All of his work begins outdoors. Carrying the minimum of equipment, he will walk and climb the desired area for days and sometimes nights, usually in extreme weather. Jason describes working outdoors in these tense and exciting conditions as a tremendously connecting experience – feeling a part of the land itself. The result is a striking record of the elemental collisions between earth, sea and weather. He conveys the bleak essence of driving rain, when the mist closes down and masters the polarities of bright skies and shadowed rocks. His work is charged with an atmosphere born of an intimate knowledge of the landscape and a direct physical experience of its changing moods.
Jason was elected a member of the Royal Society of Painters and Printmakers in 1993 and has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions including exhibiting regularly at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the London Contemporary Art Fair. He has also taken part in touring exhibitions in France and Barcelona. He has been awarded the Hunting Art Prize at the Royal College of Art and the Julian Trevelyan RE Memorial Prize at the National Printmaking Exhibition in 1997.
Kane Cunningham was born in Manchester in 1961.
He went to Unsworth Comprehensive School in Bury, Rochdale School of Art and Leeds Metropolitan University. He has been an artist since 1982 and has exhibited his artwork in galleries across the UK. Kane has been teaching since 1982 and is presently a lecturer in Fine Art in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
“I am essentially a landscape painter that explores through the dialectical process the historical, cultural and contemporary narratives that exist within a contested location, environment and space.
The aim is to synthesise a personal understanding of the landscape and to offer the viewer a personal perspective on issues that affect the vested interests of landowners, the National Parks, Industry and tourism.
Inspired by J.M.W Turner, Picasso and contemporary artists such as Per Kirkeby from Denmark my work also engages with the materiality and physicality of painting in the landscape and in the studio. My medium is varied, to include watercolour, oil paint, print and pastel.”