CIVICS Paintings and Ceramics by André Stitt
Thursday 26th October 2017 – Thursday 26th April 2018
10.00am – 7.00pm, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays)
André Stitt was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1958. He studied at Ulster Polytechnic and Belfast College of Art & Design, Ulster University 1976-1980. From 1980-1999 he lived and worked in London, travelling and making work internationally, before moving to Wales to take up position as Subject Leader and Senior lecturer of Time Based Art at Cardiff School of Art & Design, in 1999. He is currently Professor of Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art.
Working almost exclusively as an action-based and interdisciplinary artist from 1976-2002, Stitt gained an international reputation for cutting edge, provocative and politically challenging work. His live performance and installation works have been presented at major museums, galleries and sites throughout the world.
Although Stitt’s reputation was founded on his international career as a live artist, he trained as a painter and his recent works over the past ten years are the result of his re-focusing on the materials, processes and performance of painting.
CIVICS brings together a significant number of the artist’s paintings a number of which are inspired by the artist’s visits to Skelmersdale in 2017. This exhibition also includes a collection of new ceramics, made in collaboration with Chrisoula Kostankakou, based on designs of concrete underpasses by Mike Cumiskey in Skelmersdale new town.
The paintings and ceramics are installed throughout the main university building. Exhibition Maps available from the Arts Centre or Main University Reception.
Full list of works
1. The Rebuilding of the Great Snowdonia Spaceport
2. Sunday in Skelmersdale
3. The Night Catchers
6. The Development of the Northern Radius (triptych)
7. A Parallel Life
8. Prospect of Skelmersdale
9. Holding Stack #1, #2 & #3
10. Chaos Pilot
11. Harmony Heights
12. Skelmersdale 2
13. Skelmersdale 1
14. Summer Colony #1 & #2
15. Monument I & Monument II
16. Autumn In The Commune (Diptych)
17. Collapse I, II, III
18. Theme From The Seminary
21. If You Were Still Around
23. Extracts From A Continuous Construction
24. Close to the Noise of the Floor Below
25. The Park
26. Beyond the Horizon
27. Come Tomorrow
28. The Invisible Middle
29. Theme From The Ministry of Defence
30. The Idealism In Our Hearts Glitters Like The Stars
31. The Skelmersdale Ceramics Collection, by Andre Stitt and Chrisoula Kostankakou