Crowds turn out for Barry artist’s retrospective
13 November 2015
A Barry based artist this has this week seen his life’s work put on display as part of a retrospective exhibition. A Retrospective’ by Alan Salisbury is now being displayed at Art Central, the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s popular gallery, following a launch event on 07 November.
Alan Salisbury has established himself as a well-recognised and renowned fine artist from his practice in Barry, which has been his home now for over forty years. Over one hundred people attended the opening of the exhibition which honours his five decades of work in the visual arts. Inspired by the great masters, such as Caravaggio and Goya, the paintings and drawings on show chart the progressive steps taken by the artist in the development of his work. His most recent work is meticulously detailed and often humorous.
After completing a foundation course at Manchester School of Art Salisbury subsequently studied at the Liverpool School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London before taking up teaching posts at the Glamorgan College of Education and then the Polytechnic of Wales.
Cllr Fred Johnson, Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan, welcomed the crowds to Art Central by saying he was delighted to be opening this exhibition, featuring a lifetime of work by the artist. Cllr Johnson commended the quality and humour of the work, identifying ‘The Art of Goalkeeping’ as his favourite series, which has been displayed as a quirky installation demonstrating the 3:5:2 formation.
Artist Frances Woodley then spoke warmly and enthusiastically of the artists modesty, good nature and great talent. Woodley commented: “The exhibition presents an interesting mix of reality and parallel reality, which Alan has imaginatively and cleverly portrayed through his landscape, still life, portraiture and football series.”
The speeches ended with the artist thanking everyone who was involved in the exhibition, with particular thanks going to the Vale of Glamorgan Council for enabling him to exhibit his life time of work in what he believed to be “one of the best art galleries in Wales”.
The exhibition is open until 02 January 2016 before touring to other venues in Wales. For more information please contact 01446 709496 or visit www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/arts.