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Modern Masters: Contemporary Painters of the North at According To McGee

1st September 2016

Jake Atree

Jake Atree

On Saturday 10 September, ‘Modern Masters: Contemporary Painters of the North’ launches at the According to McGee gallery.

Written off in the 70s by the Thought Police as moribund and middle class, Painting has until recently been forced to squat in the shadow of its more clattery cousins Performance, Conceptual and Video Art.

Here, however, in ‘Modern Masters’ we have an opportunity to celebrate those artists who have carried the torch for Contemporary Painting in the North for decades. Some, like Jake Attree, Barry de More, Doug Binder and David Baumforth have been distilling their craft to international acclaim since the 1960s and 1970s. Some, like Jo Brown and Freya Horsley have recently had their work snapped up by European collectors and municipal galleries. Some, like the much-missed Dave Pearson, are no longer with us and their work is managed by friends and family (in Pearson’s case, The Dave Pearson Trust). All are as dedicated as we are to ensuring that sumptuous, collectible paintings are available for purchase for beginners and seasoned collectors alike.

‘Modern Masters’, then, is a crucial exhibition of Contemporary Painting: if you needed another reason to visit York, let this exhibition be it: it runs until 8 October 2016. Subsequent shows will hold solo and duo shows of the selected artists until Spring 2017.

Jake Attree has a studio at Dean Clough, Halifax and exhibits regularly both nationally and internationally. His work is held by numerous private and public collections (including York Art Gallery) in Britain and abroad. His exhibited works for Modern Masters is acquired from a private collector for resale. Works include painted landscapes of Northern England and New York street scenes, all from 1990.

Doug Binder is lauded as "Britain’s master of colour" and a contemporary of his fellow Bradfordian David Hockney. Along with Dudley Edwards and David Vaughan, he co-founded the design collective BEV in the 1960s. The Beatles were one of his first customers, with Paul McCartney commissioning him to paint his Knight piano.

Barry De More’s work is in Private Collections all over the UK, including - after an invitation by Calderdale College of Art to present Prince Andrew with a painting - in the Royal Collection. He sells both home and abroad, notably in Austria, Australia and Germany.

Jo Brown’s exhibits widely across the UK. Selected in 1995 as artist in residence at Halifax’s Dean Clough Galleries, her work is now in numerous public collections, including Deutsche Bank, London, and The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield.

David Baumforth is a Winner of Not The Turner Art Prize, and exhibited at Royal Watercolour Society Open, and Royal Academy Summer Show, London. He is a favourite of art critics Sister Wendy and the FT’s William Packer.

Freya Horsley exhibits with great success in Cornwall, London, and here in York. Her latest collection is keenly anticipated by UK collectors of elemental, intuitive painting.

Dave Pearson died in 2008. He was eulogised in The Guardian as "a great example of an artist whose life was completely dedicated to serving the imagination". Art critic Edward Lucie-Smith says of Pearson’s recent show at London’s Bermondsey’s ArtSpace, "It’s not often nowadays that a really major artist slips through the net. The show was an autobiography – one of the greatest composed by any 20th century British artist."

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