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‘Ten Years of Recent Paintings’ at Grow Plymouth

Thursday, June 2


New show ‘10 YEARS OF RECENT PAINTINGS’ opens on Thursday 2 June 2022 with the works of Plymouth-based artists Llyr Davies and Lee Stonehouse to mark ten years since they met and studied Fine Art at The University of Plymouth.

COMMUNITIES THAT CLAIM YOU A series of paintings have been chosen to be shown at new independent pop-up creative space GROW to explore themes on which communities claim the artists, why Plymouth became their home and where they might go next.

CIRCUMSTANCE & CHOICE Lee Stonehouse was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, where his family originated, moving to Plymouth as a child and later on spent 15 years working in print production in London, Edinburgh and Bahrain. Llyr Davies was born and brought up until his 20s in Porth Tywyn, Wales, after which he moved to Plymouth to study and subsequently worked. Through both circumstance and choice they are both deeply connected to Plymouth and call it their home. ‘10 YEARS’ is an important landmark in their journey as only a small selection of paintings out of the hundreds which exist, will be presented in this show as they attempt to unpack their attachment to their environments, past and present, rural and urban, and to address their own sense of time.

PART OF PLYMOUTH’S FIRST THURSDAYS The opening on Thursday 2 June is part of Plymouth’s First Thursdays, an initiative launched in 2021 giving the people of Plymouth and its visitors access to cultural events and experiences in multiple venues across the city on the first Thursday of every month. Other venues showing exhibitions on Thursday 2 June include Farleys and Minerva #PlymouthFirstThursday

Event Details Address: Grow, 14 Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AQ

Opening: Thursday 2 June 2022, 5-9pm, Open to all.

Show open to General Public: Friday 3 June – Thursday 9 June 2022, 12-6pm

ABOUT LLYR DAVIES Llyr was born in Porth Tywyn, South Wales in 1991 and moved to Plymouth UK to study Fine Art at Plymouth University in 2012. Humanity is a key theme to his work through the use of myths, space, domestic space, urban and architectural form, coastline, moorlands and storytelling. Davies has exhibited work in Amsterdam, Holland as part of the Hans Brinker budget trophy (2014). Llyr has also co organized contemporary exhibition, Shambles (2017) Group shows at Plymouth Art Weekender, Compound (2017) and has had solo shows at Ocean Studios (2020) www.llyrdavies.com @_llyrdavies_

ABOUT LEE STONEHOUSE Born in County Tyrone Ireland, Lee moved to Plymouth as a child. He gained a Diploma in Printing in 1996 from the Plymouth College of Art and then returned to studying in 2015 with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art in 2015 from then a MA Research into painting in 2018 from the Plymouth College of Art. Lee is inspired by natural processes and forces and his work deciphers layers of art history, personal emotions, attachments and sensations.

ABOUT GROW Grow Plymouth is made up of 11 studios which are creative home to painters, audio artists, printmakers, installation and socially engaged artists. The ground floor is a space to experiment with the aim to create a space which explores its surroundings, heritage and looks to the future in terms of sustainability, inclusion, food and drink, grassroots arts, music and culture. www.growplymouth.co.uk @growplymouth

ABOUT PLYMOUTH’S FIRST THURSDAY INITIATIVE Launched in October 2021, Plymouth’s First Thursday initiative aims to give the people of Plymouth and its visitors access to cultural events and experiences in multiple venues across the city on the first Thursday of every month. Other venues showing exhibitions on Thursday 2 June will be Farleys and Minerva #PlymouthFirstThursday

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