Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

A show that brings art back home

Tom Caldwell Gallery, 429 Lisburn Road, Belfast

Until the end of August

Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm

Last month saw the opening of the Caldwell Summer exhibition with a three day event at gallery owner Chris Caldwell's Victorian house just outside Moira.

This opening was the reinstatement of a much-loved tradition started by Chris's father Tom many years ago, when his home, Springfield, was the venue for what was recognised as the art event of the year in Northern Ireland.

The exhibition has now moved to the Lisburn Road gallery and Chris is particularly pleased at how many 3D exhibits there are.

It's good to see six pieces by Dennis Westwood, including a lovely, smooth, curling bronze entitled Slingshot and an amazing 15 stainless steel and bronze figures by Bob Sloan. Paintings include several abstract landscapes by Barbara Rae, three wonderful, almost naive, images of London and the Thames by Rosemary Woods and a couple of patterned canvases by Kelly Grovier.

If you're looking for landscapes you can have romantic realism by Patrick Palmer, including April Clouds, Bunbrattin (bottom, right), impressionism by Sam McCready, abstraction by Basil Blackshaw or close up images by Damaris Lysaght.

There is still life by Colin Corkey, studies of hands by Victoria Cardy and three interesting Warhol-style media portraits by Liam de Frinse, including Eva (top, right). Other highlights include Stephen Forbes' Lake Edge (top, left) and Tide, by Kevin McAleenan (bottom, left).

As well as the artworks there are always some interesting pieces of furniture and ceramics in the rest of the gallery.

The gallery will be closed this weekend for the holidays, but reopens again on Monday. For further information, visit www. tomcaldwellgallery.com.

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