The joy of colour
Cherrie has collaborated with fine art photographer, Richard Nicholls, on this exciting project to create an outdoor gallery in the heart of Worcester. The pair were commissioned to create bespoke designs for vacant shop windows in one of the city's most striking buildings, the former Hop Market Hotel on Foregate Street.
Take a look below to see how the project came about and discover the creative processes the artists used to create these stunning works of art.
Built at the beginning of the 20th century, this former hotel is one of Worcester’s most iconic buildings.
It stands as a monument to the prosperity of the city at the turn of the century and the importance of hops to Worcester's commercial life.
Like many city centre shops, part of the building at 16 Foregate Street currently stands vacant. In its recent past it has hosted pop-up art galleries, which Cherrie has participated in.
To support the city's recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, Worcester City Council, Worcester BID and Severn Arts jointly commissioned artists to create engaging designs to bring new life to the frontages of empty retail units.
Cherrie and Richard were two of nine artists selected to create bespoke artwork for the outdoor gallery project.
Designed to provide inspiration and enjoyment to the city's residents and visitors, the theme of the project was Hope and Joy.
In response to the project brief, Cherrie created several ‘thrown’ paintings using a colour palette designed to evoke feelings of joy, optimism and positivity.
These vibrant works were created in an energetic style somewhat akin to that of the American abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock.
The resulting paintings are jam-packed with colour, texture and depth.
Cherrie says “Although I had little control over how the paint landed or what the finished pieces looked like, the resulting contours of colour and undulating textures are a source of excitement and pleasure.”
Once the paintings were finished, Richard captured a series of extracts from each piece using macro photography.
Extracts are enlarged images of small details from the original artworks, They are derived, in a sense, from accidental art or self-appropriation; the art being in the selection of the extracts.
The magnification process reveals an incredible amount of intricate and fascinating detail that isn’t always apparent on initial viewing of the whole piece.
Cherrie and Richard whittled 40 extracts down to just five that Richard turned into print-ready files. The designs were then printed at large scale onto vinyl by Universal Banners.
The stunning artwork is now installed at 16 Foregate Street creating an eye-catching and mesmerising visual display - and once again drawing attention to this magnificent building.
The Joy of colour cards and prints
Greetings cards featuring each of the five designs will be available soon. High quality giclée prints are also available. Please get in touch to place an order or for more details.
Commission your own bespoke artwork
Cherrie and Richard are currently taking commissions to create your own bespoke 'Joy of colour' style artwork.
Using a colour palette of your choice, perhaps based on a favourite colour or to match the decor of your room, Cherrie will create a unique piece of art in her trademark 'thrown' style.
Richard will then use that artwork to create a number of close-up and macro photographs of sections of the artwork. You will be presented with these macro shots for you to select the final image, or images.
The chosen image is then produced at large scale to create a bold, colourful and stunning 'larger than life' artwork for display in your home or office.
This statement piece can be presented traditionally in a mount and frame of your choice, but the colours really shine when the image is produced in a more contemporary style using block acrylic glass or dibond aluminium.
With prices starting at just £550, please get in touch to find out more.