ART, EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

ArtisAnn Gallery showcases emerging and established artists.  It features a range of styles from paintings and prints, through to sculpture and photography. 


It is a friendly and welcoming contemporary art gallery at the heart of the bustling EastSide area of Belfast.


Occupying two floors, a monthly themed exhibition programme has been scheduled for the first floor, while the ground floor is arranged Salon Style, with the intent of displaying as many amazing artists as possible. 


Six Colours of Black

An exhibition by Sam McCready

Thurs 1st March to Sat 31st March

Opening by Neil Shawcross, Wed 28th Feb at 6.30pm

​All Welcome
​Free and No Booking Needed


​Tue – Fri: 11am to 6pm
Saturday: Noon to 5pm

The ArtisAnn Gallery in Belfast is delighted to be hosting a solo exhibition by one of Belfast’s most famous sons: the actor, director and artist Sam McCready.

 

The title of this special exhibition, Six Colours of Black, refers to a Chinese tradition that in black and white painting, through the use of ink, water and brush, the painter can create five shades or colours of black but not six. Six is unattainable but the Chinese painter spends a lifetime trying to achieve it.

Sam McCready is best known as an actor, director and playwright. He trained, however, in painting at Stranmillis College and the Belfast College of Art, under such master teachers as Romeo Toogood and Kenneth Webb. He has had a number of solo shows in the US and his work is in private collections in Europe, the Far East and the US. In recent years, he has had the opportunity to visit Hong Kong and to study with Chinese Masters. His connection with these eminent painters has had a profound influence on his work.

 
Sam McCready’s recent paintings are influenced by a style of traditional Chinese painting that dates from the 5th Century AD. Known as shan shui, the style depicts natural landscapes using brush and ink. The style refutes colour, light and shadow; there is an absence of brush strokes and the personal style of the painter must not intrude. When Chinese painters work in the shan shui style, they make no attempt to represent an image of what they have seen but what they have thought about nature; it is a medium not for the viewer’s eye but for the mind. Thus the style has strong associations with Taoist imagery and motifs.

In his black and white work, McCready has also employed a process known as Shui Zi Fa or water stain technique in which the image is painted in Chinese ink on a porous surface, which allows it to bleed through or stain the paper beneath it. This process ensures the absence of personal brush strokes and creates a sense of other-worldliness consistent with the shan shui tradition.

 

The exhibition runs at the ArtisAnn Gallery in Belfast from Thursday 1st March to Saturday 31st March 2018.

Opening by Neil Shawcross, Wed 28th Feb at 6.30pm

​All Welcome

Admission is free.

All art is available to buy, and may be collected/delivered after the exhibition ends.

 

You can also buy art from this exhibition through the own art scheme; an interest free loan over 10 months (and you still get to take the art home immediately the exhibition ends).

Admission is free.

All art is available to buy, and may be collected / delivered after the exhibition ends

Six Colours of Black

 An exhibition by Sam McCready


Thursday 1st March to Saturday 31st March 2018


Opening by Neil Shawcross, Wed 28th Feb at 6.30pm

​All Welcome

ArtisAnn Gallery
70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast, BT5 5AE

Opening Times
Tue - Fri: 11am to 6pm
Sat: Midday to 5pm

Private Viewings by Appointment

Email: mail@artisann.org
Phone: ​079 053 395 69