|Rose Wylie, Girl in Lights (artist copyright)|
Since I was more or less in Cardiff I thought I would pop over to the Chapter Arts Centre to have a look at Rose Wylie's paintings. I say 'pop', but in fact the journey took almost as long as the trip from Bristol, thanks to my foolish decision to trust the Sat Nav on my phone. At one point the machine took me past the same pub, bookies and nail bar THREE TIMES without even a hint of an apology. Never again.
|Rose Wylie, Black Strap (Red Fly) & (Syracuse Lineup), 2014 (artist copyright)|
Founded in the early 1970s in a Victorian school building, Chapter is a wonderful place, multi-faceted and welcoming; I like the fact that the art gallery is right next to the bustling cafe/bar, so that you can wander in on a whim and see what's going on, in this case 'Tilt the Horizontal into a Slant', an exhibition of Rose Wylie's large, exuberant canvases. Once again my first reaction was one of pleasure, and once again I couldn't immediately tell what it was I liked about the work.
|Rose Wylie, Sack Barrow: Factory Pin-up, 2014 (artist copyright)|
|Rose Wylie, Girl in Lights (detail)|
|Michael Simpson, Bench Painting 78, 2009 (artist copyright)|
|Michael Simpson, Unnamed (Confessional), 2015 & Minbar (Pulpit), 2015 (artist copyright)|
|Michael Simpson, Leper Squint 16, 4-part painting, 2014 (artist copyright)|
|Michael Simpson, Leper Squint 16 (detail)|
Rose Wylie is at Chapter until 29 May.
Michael Simpson is at Spike Island until 27 March.