Some photographs of working in Venice
21 Years an Angel, (group exhibition), The Gallery at Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Road NE8 4LN, 31 January - 30 March, 2019
GLOBE GALLERY, 47 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, NE1 6QE.
Robert Soden makes paintings of the places that people live, work and play and is best known for his paintings of the post-industrial city. His affectionate observations of unloved areas often make the viewer take a second look and see them anew.
Leisurelands offers a glimpse of his fascination with the seasonal delights of fairs, circuses and other public events. There are paintings of the Hoppings in Newcastle, of the seafront attractions in South Shields, Houghton Feast and of Sunderland’s Winter Festival. All his paintings are made outside, in front of the subject in all weathers and seasons, he even paints at night if there is enough light. As a result the paintings are always vivid, lively and surprising.
The Leisurelands paintings show Robert’s love of the timeless and endlessly re-invented fairground attraction; their iconic forms, their daring colours and their annually updated decoration. These paintings, made over the last 25 years, chart fairground art as fashions change and new generations of punters are attracted to the thrills of the helter-skelter, the Ferris wheel and the Ghost Train.
45 Preston St, Exeter, EX1 1DF
8th March - 3rd May
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Robert Soden will exhibiting 9 paintings dating from 1983 to 2013 with 10 artists including Edward Chell, Laura Oldfeild-Ford and George Shaw.
*edition nearly sold out *
HMS Calliope, fine art archival print on Hahnmuhle paper, (paper size 30 x 42 cm), edition of 100, signed by the artist, £150 unframed, £195 mounted and framed in oak. A donation will be made from each print sold to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
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