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Featured catalogue from the Mersey Gateway Bridge Exhibition. (18th February to 5th April 2019)

Frontv Cover Mersey Gateway Bridge Exhibition at the BRINDLEY Gallery Sponsored by painters TUBES magazine

Excerpt from the introduction to the exhibition below:

“ Constructing the Mersey Gateway Bridge ”

…catalogue introduction to the Exhibition written by the editor of painters TUBES magazine

It comes as no surprise to visitors of this exhibition that the Mersey Gateway Bridge is one of the most important infrastructure investments in the UK for many decades. The ambition to connect the Mersey area with a 21st century road transport network to the Northern England is indeed worthy of praise. The bridge itself is equally a remarkable feat of engineering. Shaun Smyth had the great insight and pressing desire to record how this marvel of engineering would be put together and record it with his singularly unique artistic eye. 

I came across Shaun’s paintings over two years ago when I first caught glimpse of a number of examples of artwork of the ‘Bridge’ paintings and drawings on social media. For me it was the drive behind the artistic project that caught my imagination even more so than the bridge itself. I soon came to understand and respect the sheer artistic dedication that Shaun was applying to the task of recording for posterity this astonishing construction from the very start of the building to the fully operational opening of the Mersey Gateway Bridge. 

When I first visited Shaun’s studio the extent of his dedicated attention to the creation of truly unique art for the bridge project came quickly into focus. However, I also viewed his work created previous to this huge undertaking of the Mersey Gateway Bridge. Shaun talent and attitude to art in general creation was and is truly impressive.

The artists art extends to education as a teacher and his authentic and enthusiastic approach to painting and drawing is transferred to his students on a daily basis. Shaun’s justifiable pride of the students achievements and their advancement as young artists is part and parcel of his life, which is typical of Shaun’s belief in the importance of Art in the 21st century society.

This exhibition, which is admirably supported by the the Brindley theatre, the Halton Borough Council, Bell, Lamb and Joynson Solicitors and painters TUBES magazine, demonstrates the attention the Artist has given to the Bridge throughout the construction process from 2015 to 2018. In particular the skilfully created drawings, which are works of Art in themselve and provide the viewer with a unique glimpse of what lays behind the seemingly simplistic sleek appearance of the now completed bridge.

As the thousands of cars and heavy goods vehicles travel across the bridge commuting or delivering goods and services to the whole of the North of England, it will be easy to forget the people that constructed it, and how they did it. Shaun’s paintings and drawings stand as witness to their accomplishment for the generations to come, who can then appreciate and celebrate the achievement and the political will to bring the Mersey Gateway Bridge to a reality.

More than that, these artworks should and indeed deserve to be valued beyond the actual Bridge itself. As a whole bank of authentic Art created by one gifted artist. And as far a I’m concerned they should be placed in a North West Art Museum building for all to view as one magnificent example of Art making a pro-active stance in recording something that will affect many peoples lives far into the next century. As many great works of Art from previous centuries artists have and that continue to inspire both the public and the young artists of the future.

Written by

Denis Taylor

Artist and Editor 

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Shaun and guests prior opening to the Exhibition at the Brindley2
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