Me

Over the last decade, my work has moved in cycles from very simplistic use of colour applied spontaneously with the inclusion of architectural imagery through to a more sophisticated and planned approach with a strong relationship of compositional elements.

The stimulus for the work is a vast collection of visual memories and experiences of feeling absorbed when visiting various places. These include, for instance, architectural surfaces, peeling billboards and old boats whose rich textures and time-worn qualities provide intrigue.

It is the ephemera, which trace a person’s existence by the surface marks that remain, which I find fascinating. Often, I feel that it necessary to incorporate found and everyday objects, unmodified into compositions to create a sense of perspective.

My main working method explores a process that could be compared to a type of artistic archaeology:  the oil paint is physically layered up and selectively rubbed back to reveal previously worked areas. There is graffiti-ing of contrasting materials and exploration of diffused surfaces. Spontaneity with stencils and spray paint is paired with an in depth use of collage.

My desire to display an uninhibited process of manipulation and transformation is paramount. Innate colours are used expressively, reliving experiences of once visited places, moods and feelings.

When asked to label my practice, I find myself describing it as painting but in reality, I would prefer to consider it to be about my passion for process by experimenting with a wide selection of media, materials and techniques.

In many ways, I would regard my work to be of an abstract nature but more recent pieces are reflecting a growing interest in elements of shape and form. I have begun to experiment with a combination of oil and water based media as well as multi layered collaged fragments.

Exhibitions, Workshops & Residences

2011 – Present
Macclesfield Open Exhibition, Silk Museum, Macclesfield, Cheshire
Galleria, Rainhill, Merseyside
Out of the Darkness, Macclesfield Barnaby Festival, Cheshire
Button Project, Macclesfield heritage centre, Cheshire
Cheshire Open Studios Central Exhibition, Marburae gallery Cheshire
Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, Cheshire
Peeling Back Layers of Time, Macclesfield Barnaby Festival, Cheshire
The Open Contemporary Art Exhibition, Stockport art gallery, Cheshire
Sixty Drawings, Bankley gallery, Manchester
The Sea, Newcastle under Lyme art gallery and museum, Staffordshire
Mickerloo art gallery, Burwardsley, Cheshire
Adele White at Taurus bar and restaurant, Manchester
A sample of work at the White gallery, Bollington, Cheshire

2001 – 2010
White gallery, Bollington, Cheshire
Adele White at the Longden gallery, Macclesfield, Cheshire
Cheshire Art Teachers open exhibition, Queens Park High School, Chester
The Postcard Show, Surface gallery, Nottingham
Artists’ Cut, Bankley gallery, Manchester
Smallpond Launch Event, The Engine House, Chorlton Mill, Manchester
Yuletide Collection, Imitate gallery, Manchester
Coast 2, The World of Glass, St Helens
Coast, 5a the Gallery, St Helens
The Secret Garden, Bankley gallery, Manchester
Sefton Open, Atkinson Art gallery, Southport, Merseyside
Relay, Bankley gallery, Manchester
Draw in the Crowds, Bankley gallery, Manchester
Thermo 03, The Lowry, Salford
Taking Time to Develop, Bankley gallery, Manchester
Stockport Open, Stockport Art gallery
Bankley Open Studios, Manchester

1990 – 2000
The Grotto Show, Castlefield Art Gallery, Manchester
Bankley Open Studios, Manchester
Atrophy, solo show, Manto Bar, Manchester
Solo show, Salford Art Gallery
Portfolio, Castlefield Art Gallery, Manchester
The Art Market, Heffer’s Art gallery, Cambridge
Stockport Open, Stockport Art gallery, Cheshire
Selling show, Castlefield Art gallery, Manchester
Paintings used for the production of ‘Love in the 21st Century’, Episode 2, Channel 4, Real Productions
Designed to Sell, Castlefield Art gallery, Manchester
Link Exhibition, Stockport Art gallery, Cheshire
Drumcroon Open, Drumcroon Art gallery, Wigan
Fruit and Vegetables, Jelly Leg’d Chicken Arts Gallery, Reading
Degree Show, Liverpool John Moores University
Group Show, 68 Hope Street, Liverpool
Site Specific Installation, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
Visionfest, Albert Dock, Liverpool
Group Show, Birley Gallery, Manchester Polytechnic, Manchester

Workshops and Residencies:

1996 – present
Ceramics workshop, William Hulme’s Grammar School, Manchester
Kitemaking workshop, Harrogate Fiesta, Yorkshire / The Creative Living Space, Manchester
Structures workshop, Hogeschool, Amsterdam
Vivid workshop, Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester
Children’s art workshops, Castlefield Art Gallery, Manchester
Tie-dye workshop, Woodhouse Park Family Centre / West Liverpool Primary School, Manchester
Mixed media painting workshops, Salford Art Gallery
Kitemaking workshop, Manchester / Trafford Women’s Aid
Papermaking workshop, Groundwork Manchester / Bankley Artists’ Studios, Manchester
Mural residency, Canon Burrows Primary school, Manchester
Visiting lecturer, Manchester College of Arts and Technology
Studio in the City residency, Manchester Craft Centre
Children’s craft workshops. Quarry Bank Mill, Wilmslow