Berkeley Square Art Hotel and the Square Gallery
Upon entering The Square, guests are immediately submerged in a unique contemporary art gallery. Changing works of art are continually on display throughout the Square Club and Lower Deck bar. This permanent exhibition space has played host to modern works of art from over 50 artists since 2007, including a video art installation from Open Gallery, who are revolutionising the world of moving imagery.
The Square hosts four exhibitions throughout the year from leading artists, using a variety of media. The opening of each exhibition is marked with a Private View – open to art lovers and leading galleries throughout Bristol. Private Views are free and open to all via invitation (please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more), these events are a great opportunity to meet the artist and enjoy the Square experience.
Permanent Video Painting Installation, courtesy of Open Gallery
The video painting movement is a unique form of video art. Shot using a stationary camera, a fixed lens and with no subsequent editing, video paintings challenge the narrative traditions of film and video. There is no music, no dialogue - no sound of any kind. The work is combined into series that play in intelligent sequences determined by the artist. And yet never repeat.
By evading familiar narratives, video paintings encourage us to see the world afresh and discover in the everyday the limitations and constraints of language and meaning, we are led childlike into the fractal richness of the world.
While video painting seeks to avoid narrative closure and pursues openness, elements of meaning are reintroduced through the title of each video painting and in the way the video paintings combine as a series.
For the last decade, Open Gallery has pioneered this new medium, collaborating with artists and showcasing their work.
Our current exhibition features some of the UK’s freshest talent with artwork & photography from, 3rd Eye, Alex Wilmott, Andy Council, Annika Wilkinson, Beep Monkey, Bex Glover, CageOne, Canvaz, Damo, Dan Kitchener, DAP, Deeds, DinDin, Everly Dark, Hoshiko, Ian Phenna, Jess Hartridge, JK47, John Curtis, Lee Ellis, Lochness, Mark Jephcott, Mark O’neil, Masai, Matti, Mr Draws, Roo, SF80, Spacehop and Many More!
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1LOVEART started producing shows and selling art in Feb 2008.
They have also been producing creative & viral media since 2006 under the 1lovemedia banner and have been based in the Canteen Building, Stokes Croft, Bristol for 3 years. They personify the vibrant artistic culture of Bristol continueing to produce various POP UP exhibitions in Bristol and London. Recent ‘Pop Up’ galleries have been next to the pipe and slippers – The Art Store in Stokes Croft and in BS8 on Park Street.
Julian Cox ARBS is a qualified, Bristol-based artist with more than twenty-five years professional experience. In 2006 he was elected to the Royal British Society of Sculptors for his carved wood and cast bronze pieces. In 2008 he started to sell Indian ink drawings of nudes and related abstract designs which enabled his work to reach a wider audience. Julian has continually shown his drawings at the Square, Rodney and Clifton Hotels.
Stylistically, Julian’s work, which can be described as minimalist, is composed of curves, points and pierced areas combined in such a way as to represent the female figure with a minimum of form and line.
Kathy comes from Cork in the south of Ireland and moved to England 25 years ago.
“I like to capture a sense of light and the movement of nature in my paintings. By instinct rather than design I seem to have developed two main themes.
The “Irish” theme is inspired by the wild Atlantic coastline of West Cork, Kerry and Co. Clare and the ever changing light over the barren rocky landscape of the Burren.
Because of the systematic deforestation in Ireland the “English” theme if focussed on woodland areas
“I love sketching all aspects of trees from close up studies of the patterns in the bark of a trunk to the panoramic glory of autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum.”
Mary is a printmaker based in Bristol and currently a member of Spike Print Studio.
Many of her screen prints feature mathematical graphs or patterns. By conforming to the rigorous logic and rules, the end result, for the mathematician, will often be elegant, concise and beautiful, but to achieve that, she/he must conform to the conventions of their subject, using the corset as a metaphor for mental discipline. She was short listed for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in recognition of her work.
Paul is a young and dynamic photographer with a keen interest in the medium and is not afraid of any kind of challenge. With a photojournalistic/reportage approach to wedding photography that tells the story of the day. He captures the natural and special moments of life with his unique style.
*All exhibited work is available for purchase*