Paul Digby: The Imagined City

Leeds based artist, Paul Digby is curating a drawing and painting show at the Corn Exchange featuring work by Leeds artists who have responded to the city before, during and after lockdown.

"I make art that references classical techniques such as colour, contrast and form. I use the subjects of the figure, the landscape and relaying contemporary narratives and use graphite and gouache paint on paper in my drawings and paintings. The flat opaque quality of the colour mixed with crisp straight lines is important to the finished aesthetic.

For the past year and a half, I have been developing a project alongside the artist Jonathan Turner, working with various partners across the North of England. We are planning to create a series of works that reference Atkinson Grimshaw, a Leeds Victorian painter.

Covid has affected the social networking side of my practice. In general, networking (inc. funding applications, sales, marketing etc.) takes up 50% of my practice as a professional artist, so the lockdown has had a big impact on my work. However, I am privileged to be showing new work with Leeds based artists who all portray the city in complex yet exciting ways.

The exhibition will take place in Leeds Corn Exchange and runs from Monday 19th October to Saturday 14th November 2020. There will be a closing event on Friday 13th November as well as an artist discussion on Saturday 31st October 2020 (restrictions permitting). The artists exhibiting in the exhibition include mysellf, alongside Garry Barker, Howard Eaglestone, Jonathan Hooper, Alison Macintyre, Liz Stirling, and Adam Stone. The exhibition is supported JLArt and Rushbond PLC."

You can see more of Paul's work on his website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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