Introducing new artist: CHRIS ACHESON
Scantily-clad Agent Provocateur mannequins and a fascination with ‘the exoticism of everyday life’ was all it took to inspire Chris’s first collection of work.
After studying Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, Chris took the plunge and moved to London where he took a job as a bicycle courier around the West End, and it was here where his seemingly unhealthy obsession with Agent Provocateur window displays took hold. He soon had a small photo collection of the window models and explains that, “when I opened (the picture) in Photoshop I saw its potential. I liked the way the two worlds collide; the stagnant, staged interior world of the shop dummy is transformed by the reflected random exterior scene of a bustling street into an abstract, humorous image.”
The Thrill Of It All
His vibrant and striking images display a collision in technique producing a riot of abstract realism and colour, projecting what he calls the ‘Hollywoodisation’ effect on the normality of life. “The bric-a-brac of popular culture, music and cinema are the key subjects running through my work” cites Chris. As an admirer of Pre-Raphaelites such as John Everett Millais, John Waterhouse and Arthur Hughes, Mancunian painters Pierre Vallette and L.S Lowry, alongside Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons, Acheson likes to use inspiration from a diverse range of mediums and styles, and mixing-up and challenging conventional techniques and compositions is what this new collection is all about.
“I have always been drawn to pop culture, the heightened colour, the juxtaposition of the glamorous and the ordinary. As an artist you have to be true to yourself and paint what you like and hope the collectors will like it too!”
In Every Dream Home A Heartache
Come along to the gallery to have a closer look!