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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.