The talented film maker Adam Tallon got in touch and asked if her could make a mini Art documentary on me and my Art practise. Here is the fabulous result!
I had an email from the fabulous producer over at Bay TV to ask if I would like to be on their culture an Arts program 52% to talk about equality in the Arts. I was thrilled!!! It was sooooo nerve racking but managed to get through it ok haha!
Artist of the Week: Cherie Grist
By Sinead Nunes
February 25, 2015
Words by Sinead Nunes, Editor
Cherie Grist will be appearing as one of the visual artists when Threshold V opens its exhibition doors in a few weeks time. We caught with the artist to talk about her abstract work.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I studied Fashion design and then photography at college here in Liverpool, then got a place at The University of the Arts, London College of Fashion to study Fashion Styling & Photography. I was more interested in using my film camera as a tool for expressing my thoughts than doing fashion shoots so focused my attention on photographing whatever I felt like. Like my paintings, all of my shoots were automatic so I photographed my moods, self portraits without my head in it.
I got quite deep at university with my projects; I think living in London and being on my own I had chance to really get stuck in and I started writing and drawing to untangle my thoughts and express my feelings. I was approached by a photographer at our graduate exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and assisted him for 2 years. I continued exploring my self portrait project in my own time then decided to come back home to Liverpool to focus 100% on figuring out what it was I wanted and needed to say.
I got my first studio on Victoria Street and I started to paint because I found it was the quickest and most satisfying way to express my thoughts. My first ever painting, There you Are, was shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize in 2010, and I took that as a sign – this wasn’t only something I enjoyed, but I something could do well. I moved to a bigger studio space in Wolstenhome Creative Space and whilst there, another one of my paintings And back again was shortlisted for the Cass Art prize down in London. In 2013 after the sad closure of Wolstenholme Creative Space, me and my two friends took a building in Liverpool city centre (104 Duke Street) and rented out spaces to other artists. At the moment I work full time as an artist, and run the studio/gallery too. We had our first exhibition there last year and hope to have another this year.
Your work is very abstract – what draws you to this style of painting?
I love Abstract Expressionism! It’s so free and raw and just beautiful. It is my insides, everything that makes me me, poured out into visual facts for me to observe and begin to understand. Its funny; my two favourite styles of art are Abstract Expressionism and Geometric Abstraction, completely opposite. I have days when my brain is that chocker I paint and paint thrashing paint everywhere. It’s like a mind/body work out. Then other days I need to sit quietly carefully painting lines. Its meditation, my brain is switched off and I’m in a trance. I could never just do one of them though – it would have to be both. A bit like my brain – controlled yet chaotic!
Painting is sometimes seen as a more traditional medium, but ongoing awards like the John Moores Painting Prize prove otherwise – what do you think?
I don’t just see painting as traditional really, I mean I know what you mean when you say that but I think people were probably expressing themselves in all kinds of ways that maybe weren’t as well documented as painting was. I paint because I have to! I’d go mad if I didn’t and I’m sure painters in the future as well as the past will continue to do so forever. To me, painting will always be contemporary too.
How will you respond to the theme of “Contrasting Geometries”?
Responding to ‘Contrasting Geometries’ is quite easy for me. It’s what I do anyway so it’s the perfect brief. I get what I need to get out first of all with gestural marks then I get my ruler out and pattern it up. I never have any idea what it will look like in the end – I just draw/paint. Although, I do go through shape phases; I think I’ve just got over my triangle obsession and before that it was squares. I’m a little worried now that I’m leaning towards chevrons again.
What are you most looking forward to on Liverpool’s art scene this year (aside from Threshold V of course!)?
I’ve been back in Liverpool now for nearly 5 years. When I came back, there seemed to be loads going on in the art scene here, but after a year or two and then the closure of Wolstenholme it seemed to go super quiet with not much happening. This year though, I feel like the city is finding its inspiration again and people seemed to be ready to do things and get creative so I’m really looking forward to seeing things open and blossom and people to just get arty! I think it is going be a great year for the city and if my first month of the year’s anything to go by, for me also!
You were involved in the last ever exhibition at Liverpool Academy of Arts – what was it like to see the gallery disappear?
I think it was just heartbreaking! I loved that space, everything it stood for and the people who kept it going. It is just a tragedy that our city could let a place like that disappear. It was a space where every kind of artist who was brave enough to want to show their work could, and be accepted no matter what! It was unique and I am proud to have been part of it.
What’s next for Cherie Grist?
Well last year was a great year for me creatively but this year already has proved to be something way beyond what I could have imagined. I woke up in 2015 with a completely different outlook – I feel like everything has clicked into place and I have finally settled into a rhythm. I am currently working on a new series of paintings which are a bit bigger (15 foot x 6 foot) and they’ve taken on a new style and attitude themselves. I want to continue selling my work and being part of exciting exhibitions and watching my work develop further. We are hoping to hold our 2nd exhibition at 104 Duke Street studios this year too, so I’m looking forward to that. And other than working hard and going on lots of holidays for inspiration, only the world will know what else will happen next!
I''m soooooo made up to have been selected to be one of the Visual Artists selected for Threshold Festival 2015!
The theme was contrasting geometries and Artists across all different media were chosen to be part of the festival. The festival is held across several venues in the Baltic Triangle. They all hosted fantastic musicians as well as visual Artists, Art performances and workshops. I had 4 paintings displayed in two of the sites, Liverpool Craft Beer warehouse and Constellations. It was amazing to see my work in different situations, especially at night in Constellations behind the Djs as they where playing. The neon paint really glowed it was fabulous!
I am so excited to have had two of my paintings selected by Sweetart for their SEAMS exhibition at Hoxton Arches Gallery in London :-D :-D :-D!!! Its Art inspired by Fashion and Fashion inspired by Art! The private view is day 2 of London fashion week so I am even more excited! 23 days until I travel down in style and deliver my paintings to the gallery :-D caaaaannnnntttt waiiiittttt!!!!!!
At the end of August after 25 years showcasing talents of Artist around the country the fantastic Liverpool Academy of Arts will close its doors for the foreseeable future. I am very pleased to be part of their final exhibition showing three of my paintings. It was a wonderful private view and the exhibition is still running finishing on the 28th of August 2014.
I was pleased to of been selected to be part of the Liverpool Academy of Arts Abstraction Exhibition. There was some wonderful work on display alongside 3 of my paintings.
So in October I had a lovely email saying I had been shortlisted for the Knowsley Sports and Cultural Adult Visual Artist of the year Award. I attended the ceremony which was amazing and was lucky enough to get the silver award! Yaaaayyyyy!
I'm so happy our studio 104 Duke Street has decided to hold its first ever exhibition :-D! The exhibition will showcase our current Artists and their practises and will also take part in Liverpool's Light Night. We have all been working flat our over the past few months getting our work ready for the exhibition and now with only a couple of weeks to go we've started the transformation of the studio into a gallery space for exhibiting. The exhibition will run for two weeks, starting with our Private View night on the 15th May and finishing up on the 30th May. All or current studio Artists are taking part me, Colette Lilley, Laura O’Reilly, Nicola Hands, Karen O’Brien and our newest edition to the studio the talented Paul Romano. More information on our studios page www.facebook.com/104DukeStreetStudios
Me and Colette at our private view!!!!
Happy March 2013! What a year I’ve had already! In December me and the other artists of Wolstenholme creative space had some really sad news, Wolstenholme was going to close and it actually happened overnight. I was really sad and super panicking about were me and my massive paintings were going to live and work over the festive period. My two friends and I hunted the streets and checked out several possibilities until we found the most amazing building ever that was totally perfect! We met the landlord and he was equally as fabulous and so we agreed, shook hands and the beginning of 104 Duke Street collective began!!
It’s been a long time since I last posted on my blog, very bad form! But hey here we go… so over the summer a few things happened. Firstly my painting Because were us was shortlisted for the Neo Art prize so I was really happy about that!
My paintings took part in a fashion shoot! I was asked by the fashion designer Kirsty Doyle to do a bit of collaboration on a fashion shoot for her new collection. I couldn’t decide on just one painting for the back ground so instead overlapped all my paintings and created a kind of Cherie artwork world! It looked fantastic and there new collection looked amazing! Had so much fun with the photographer Jessica Doyle and the Model Olivia Desborough! Such a great day!
Probably the most exciting and nerve racking situation of the summer was being asked to take part in a documentary! The documentary features successful people from different professional areas who all come from the Knowsley area. I was so nervous, the film crew come to my studio, set up all the filming gear, and I sat in front of the interviewer with my paintings in the background. He asked me about how I became an Artist and if I had advice for younger generations and other questions from my background growing up in Stockbridge Village to my future aspirations. It was very scary at first but interesting to talk about those things. Things you normally just take for granted and very rarely reflect on! So excited to see how it turns out.
I was so happy to be shortlisted for the Cass Art Prize in October! It was a race against time transporting my 60″x60″ painting to London but with the help of good friends it went smoothly!
The Cass Art Prize was in association with The Affordable Art Fair and was to be held at their new Hampstead heath site. The Affordable Art Fair is the leading showcase in the UK for contemporary art under £4,000 and featured some fantastic galleries exhibiting their represented artists.