Once more (dear friends) unto the service 3 bus to the Tea Amantes gallery and tea room for the opening of another exhibition – this time Robin Ross’s exhibition of screen prints. A lively crowd was already in situ when I arrived – in this lively tea room on the outskirts of the town centre, Blackpool’s strong arts community is evident.
To be honest I’ve never really rated screen printing – partly due to our school art teacher thinking he was the next Andy Warhol and forgetting to teach us anything useful, that I can remember, which is why I’m a late-life artist (hi Ian). However, the significance of the Warhol pieces has not been lost on me and the capabilities of the form are certainly demonstrated here by Robin.
Having never understood the process, it was useful to have a video display showing Robin in the process of making a print. Although I’m pretty sure I still couldn’t do it myself.
Robin says that the show features images that have developed over the last year, a period of time he’s spent both travelling and spending hours in the studio. He claims an ever-growing CV and a commission win on BBC1’s ‘Home is Where the Art Is‘ so it’s great to see the local artist still exhibiting in Blackpool. Also as one of the first 25 through the door, I was kindly presented with a complimentary A5 print, which is very nice indeed.
After my reservations, I was impressed by the complexity of some of the images, while others were simpler and more graphic. The variety was great and sometimes with very strong colour. I also liked the use of recycled frames. This is a virtuoso show. I don’t really do favourites, but the skeletal gas monitor (pictured) struck me as a particularly strong image.
After some convivial conversations, I checked my bus app and remembered the illuminations meant my usual service 6 bus was not where it usually is. Oops! I walked across town and got the 3 back instead. A very nice evening. Thanks once more to the Tea Amantes team for hosting so very well, with particularly tasty nibbles and refreshing drinks. Catch this show while you can and have a special tea while you’re there, there’s plenty to go at. As Robin says, the journey continues.
Robin Ross’s exhibition runs until 3 October
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