Refractive Pool is a project exploring contemporary painting-based practice in the Liverpool city region, through events, exhibitions and critical writing. The Project is led by Liverpool based artists Josie Jenkins and Brendan Lyons and is currently in a research phase.
Refractive Pool has partnered with Liverpool Hope University to bring you a symposium that will explore aspects of Liverpool's contemporary painting scene, through presentations from Liverpool based artists and a panel discussion, focusing on the experience of painters working in the city. The symposium will encourage discussion about contemporary painting in Liverpool, informing Refractive Pool's research.
James Quin was born in Scotland and currently lives and works on the Wirral. He is Course Leader on the BA Fine Art Painting course at University Centre, St Helens College, having recently worked as senior lecturer in Fine Art at De Montfort University. Quin’s recent practice explores the relationship between painting, repetition and time. Quin has previously been awarded the People’s Choice prize in the Liverpool Art Prize and was nominated for the Northern Art Prize. He is currently a member of Contemporary British Painting, an artist led organisation which explores and promotes current trends in British painting.
Joana de Oliveira Guerreiro
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, de Oliveira Guerreiro has lived and worked in Liverpool since 2015. Before pursuing a career in art, she studied Military Strategy and worked for NATO in Brussels. de Oliveira Guerreiro’s narrative paintings respond to current affairs and human behaviour, with naïve depictions encountering both darkness and humour. She has recently undertaken a residency with CreArt in Valladolid, Spain and exhibited the work she made there at Output Gallery in Liverpool, in a solo show titled Nobody Hates Brexit as Much as Brexit Hates Itself.
Born in Wirral, Gareth Kemp has been living and working in Liverpool for most of his life and is currently based at The Bridewell Studios and Gallery. Kemp originally studied History of Design and the Visual Arts before focusing his career on Fine Art, leading to further education through Turps Banana Correspondence Course. Kemp’s paintings depict fictional landscapes, inspired by his personal visual perception of the world, memories and history. Kemp’s achievements have included being shortlisted for the John Moore’s Painting Prize (2016) and Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2018).
Free Admission. Pre-registration required.