A CHESTER artist is returning from a six-year career break to hold a solo art show in the city centre.
Spencer John Derry, 34, specialised in surrealist, fantasy, landscape and portraiture but has developed into a unique landscape artist.
He has spent most of his life in Chester and was nominated for the Randolph Caldecott Society Award in 1991 while studying at Blacon Art College, which is also where he first met his wife – but it wasn’t until they met at one of his exhibitions in Liverpool in 2002 that love blossomed.
This latest exhibition features paintings inspired by different landscapes seen on their travels together.
“This is change from the surrealism I have done in the past, as I used a more mature, controlled style,” he said. “These paintings were all produced in the summer of 2007, influenced by many landscapes, from Crosby and Staithes to Tyfan’s Adam and Snowdonia.”
He has exhibited 10 solo art shows in as many years in the UK, and his last show was held at Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, in March 2004.
Derry’s work is characterised by the use of primarily acrylic landscapes in black and white. The show will be at Bluecoat Books, City Walls, Chester until August 17.
The paintings, plus a number of limited edition prints, are for sale.