Saturday 9 February – Friday 22 February 20192 Northumberland Place, North Shields NE30 1QP
The work of Newcastle-based artist Ellen Ranson will be showcased at a new pop-up salon in North Shields during February.
Organised by North East art advisory service, Parapluie, this is the first in a series of pop-up salons, presenting work by emerging artists in temporary, pop-up gallery spaces.
Julia Bell, Founding Director of Parapluie, said: “We want to support artists at an early stage in their careers and give people the chance to see and buy work by some of the best emerging artists we have here in the North East.
“By showing art in this pop-up gallery space, I hope more people will be encouraged to drop in and see paintings by one of our region’s newest talents.”
Ellen Ranson graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art from Northumbria University in 2018 and is currently the recipient of the Painting Fellowship at the University. In 2018 she was awarded the John Crisp Prize for Innovative work in Painting.
Ellen said: “Paintings are granted different levels of prominence and credibility within a gallery. Gallery and museum spaces have been typically dominated with white male artists’ representations of the female figure.
“Abstract expressionism is emblematic of these issues, whereby female artists of the era were marginalised and disregarded, whilst male artists rose to prominence. This blueprint can be applicable to contemporary patriarchal power structures.
“My work aims to perform the arrogance and ego associated with the Abstract Expressionist male painter archetype.”
Julia Bell added: “Parapluie is all about helping people to connect with contemporary art and artists, offering advice on buying and commissioning work. I hope that the pop-up salon will put a spotlight on fresh new talent in the region and create new connections between artists, audiences and collectors here in the North East.”
The Parapluie Pop up Salon is open from Saturday 9 February to Friday 22 February (closed Wednesdays), from 12pm to 4pm. Admission is free and works will be available for sale.
Private appointments can be made outside of opening times by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.