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Talk at the The Lowry Hotel is a success

The Lowry Hotel Talk - 2016
Anthony McCarthy at The Lowry Hotel in Salford, 2016

On Friday the 15th of July, I was honoured to add my contribution to The Lowry Hotel's extensive arts program by delivering a talk on critical reception to and the artistic merits of LS Lowry.

Posted July, 2016.

New exhibition at The Lowry Hotel

John Ryland's - 2016
John Ryland's, 2016
The Latern Chippy, Salford Heights - 2016
The Latern Chippy, Salford Heights, 2016

October 2016 will see Anthony McCarthy's latest work exhibited at the Lowry Hotel. The location is fitting as the work is inspired by L.S. Lowry and his many depictions of Salford, Manchester and beyond.

"Working alongside the Lowry collection for 16 years has enabled me to gain a unique insight into Lowry's individual vision and this has inspired my own work.

Lowry's ethos was to question and celebrate the mundane and to seek out the unusual. Everyday life within the architectural confines of Manchester and Salford form the basis of the exhibition.

The work explores the urban environment past and present utilising found materials, envelopes and letter headed paper to paint and draw the fabric of the city. Spontaneous studies capture the cityscape but also depict the joy of mark making.

Lowry's practice and work ethic is the starting point for the exhibition at The Lowry Hotel. More importantly Lowry's well worn maxim 'to do your own thing' is the key to the exhibition and ultimately the work on display represents my own unique vision."

Posted March, 2016.

New for 2016

The Lamb in Eccles by Anthony McCarthy
The Lamb in Eccles

Posted Jan, 2016.

New Work for 2015

Blackpool by Anthony McCarthy
Blackpool by Anthony McCarthy.
Manchester City Football Academy by Anthony McCarthy

Recently completed, the Manchester City Football Academy. This work captures the spirit of this progressive family orientated institution on a match day.

Posted Oct, 2015.

'Through the Keyhole' Exhibition at Salford Musuem a Success

The exhibition was a great critical success. Three works have now been added to the Salford City Gallery public Collection by generous donation of Salford artist Harold Riley.

Special thanks also to Carol Ann Lowry.

Posted Oct, 2015.

McCarthy visits Reykjavik

Reykjavik by Anthony McCarthy

Inspired by an ethereal visit to Reykjavik with Icelandair McCarthy's latest intimate series of works explore the contrasting relationship between the urban environment and the harshness and beauty of nature. These personalised landscapes represent variations on a theme of isolation and the fragility of humanity.

Posted Aug, 2015.

Through The Keyhole by Michael Howard

Following the example of Manet, Degas, Monet and their fellow Impressionists, Anthony McCarthy, has sought to find a pictorial equivalent for the sensation of living in the modern metropolis. He is not alone in this ambition, but his particular contribution is distinctive - he sings with his own voice.

Like those before him, he seeks both the familiar and the unfamiliar aspects of the streets, buildings and institutions of the city that is his home. These works invite us to explore some of its hidden and unexpected quarters, and to savour the pleasures and curiosities that wandering the city can offer.

Though It is easy to find our way around a city we know well, the one we work or live in, the one we visit for pleasure or education - the real trick is to get lost within it and then to re-find oneself, to re-discover its magic.

It is this sense of naive wonderment that Anthony catches on these refreshingly unpretentious works in which colour, line and composition weave together to create the very stuff of urban life. These works are those of a celebrant and they beat with the pulse of real life. But they also possess a quirky, somewhat disturbing element - where are the people? Their absence instills into his work an unsettling dream-like quality that is suggestive of the disturbing atmosphere of a Stephen King film or a painting by Giorgio de Chirico or Paul Delvaux. What price gentrification? Something is gained, surely, but something may also be lost.

An essential aspect of being human is our habit of making connections, interpreting and telling stories and these pictures are, as all pictures are, doorways through which we can pass into a space that we we can fill with our own imaginings. They may represent places that we know, places within which we have operated, of which we have memories distinct only to us. Cities are at once the most public and most private of places and each of us have possess our own personal map of the city that charts our journey through life. And so it is that these works, with no pretention, they suggest infinitude of stories that are out there, locked in the architecture. How much have these streets, buildings, and rooms witnessed?

Paintings such as these open both our eyes, and our imaginations. They make us aware of the nuances of space, place and atmosphere. It is almost as though Anthony has offered us a stage set in which we can play, alert for whatever the city might bring. As these works are not merely the pigments that have been used in their creation, neither is our city merely a collection of brick, glass, steel, or stone. Instead both the paintings and the urban landscape they reference are a box of delights where the ‘marvellous’ might erupt at any moment, if only we are ready to catch it. Anthony’s paintings remind us to be ready for that moment, whenever and wherever we might meet it, for, as William Blake told us, there are angels in the architecture, if we only but look.

Michael Howard, author of L.S. Lowry, A Visionary Artist

Posted June, 2015.

Through The Keyhole Exhibition

View of Chapel Street in Salford
View of Chapel Street in Salford

For the past three years Salford artist Anthony McCarthy has documented the re-generation of Salford's historic Chapel Street in a series of mixed media drawings. Many of the exterior scenes exhibited here now no longer exist.

Through The Keyhole: Chapel Street also explores an alternative view of this regeneration. McCarthy also looks inward, searching through basements to rooftops revealing the often overlooked and unseen aspects of Salford Crescent and Chapel Street.These interiors look out on the change.

Lark Hill Place
Lark Hill Place

The drawings reflect both private and everyday spaces and capture a momentary beauty and timelessness as the external world rapidly moves and develops around us.

With thanks to the staff of Salford City Gallery and the communities and people of Chapel Street.

Through The Keyhole; Chapel Street Opening Sat 4th July-Sun 27th September 2015

Posted June, 2015.

Two New Drawings for Autumn 2014

As of November 2014 an exciting new bar 'Love Conquers All' has become a welcome addition to the Media City complex at Salford Quays. The venue is home to McCarthy's new exhibition-'In Dock' a selection of mixed media drawings exploring the contemporary architecture of Media City as well as ever popular iconic Manchester scenes such as Oxford Road.

All works are available as Limited Edition prints

Anthony McCarthy
Oxford Road by Anthony McCarthy
Anthony McCarthy
John Ryland's Bin by Anthony McCarthy

Posted Sept, 2014.

LS Lowry in Berwick & Northumberland

LS Lowry in Berwick & Northumberland
Anthony McCarthy at the LS Lowry in Berwick & Northumberland exhibition.

Ever keen to find connections in the elaborate Lowry puzzle I headed north from our own Lowry Collection in Salford to find that something strange is happening at the Granary Gallery in Berwick-upon-Tweed. A compact exhibition space which normally achieves visitor figures of 2,000 people over three months, the gallery has attracted 1,600 visitors in a week. Their exhibition LS Lowry in Berwick and Northumberland comprises 24 works by the artist LS Lowry and is proving a draw for the public, and rightly so.

The exhibition explores Lowry’s lifelong affinity with the sea and documents his extensive visits to Northumberland and Berwick-upon-Tweed from 1935 to 1970. Through many loans from The Lowry Collection, Salford, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and the Estate of LS Lowry, Lowry’s intimate knowledge of the area is revealed – its back streets, vast coastal views and the monolithic tankers (that to this day straddle the horizon line). Lowry ponders man’s place against the elements in many guises and it is clear he gravitated to the epic open scenery of the North East for a reason. Through the development of his ideas, from sketches made casually on the spot (sometimes on envelopes) to working drawings and paintings, there is a searching, a questioning and a yearning for escapism and depiction that is revelatory. Lowry was clearly ‘in the moment’.

Lowry was seriously considering moving to Berwick in 1947 to a very imposing house with an exceptional sea view, named ‘The Lions’. He was ultimately dissuaded by an architect friend on insistence that it was overrun with damp. Viewed today the large stone lions at the front of the property are in turns hideous and hilarious – perfect Lowry fodder. The unique characters that populate Lowry’s creations and the warmth and affection of the locals are easily encountered in the area today. Be sure to call in to Lowry’s favourite hotel in the town, The Castle.

It is such an interesting and perceptive idea to group these technically varied works together in the Granary Gallery in the shadow of where many of the scenes still exist. The Granary itself features in one of Lowry’s best known drawings of Dewar’s Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, included in the exhibition. Embarking upon the excellent and exhaustive Lowry trail around Berwick, Lowry’s presence is still very much in the air and his work firmly in context. From the trail we see there are omissions in the exhibition, the joyous painting Spittal Promenade (No 17 on the walk) is a case in point and there are further drawings of the area to be found. Lowry’s association with Berwick is vast. Yet when you stop and take in these views in context they are blatantly contemporary today. Children play on the same sun drenched beach in the shadow of a forlorn chimney, the remains of a decaying industrial wasteland surrounds them. Lowry’s vision is as fresh as ever, in motion and in front of you.

The exhibition begins with Lowry’s 1925 Self Portrait, wearing a cloth cap and portrayed as an assertive a man of his time, and it culminates with The Sea 1963. The latter is hung as a lone painting – an immense scene displayed as a bold statement on contemplation and the pinnacle of an eventful artistic journey by this most complex, misunderstood, visionary, and still contemporary artist.

LS Lowry in Berwick and Northumberland exhibition is on at The Granary Gallery until 21 September, 2014. Visit www.berwickvisualarts.co.uk for more information

Posted July, 2014.

New drawings for Summer 2014

Etihad Stadium by Anthony McCarthy
MCFC | Etihad Stadium by Anthony McCarthy

The Etihad stadium home to Manchester City Football club is captured in this mixed media drawing. This drawing, originally a commission, is a welcome addition to a series of Stadium night matches that have such a great sense of atmosphere and artistic impact for me. The print depicts the interior at Etihad, the sheer magic of a night match. McCarthy captures the passion, atmosphere and tension of a night game.

This limited edition print is now available to buy for the fast approaching new 2014/15 season by contacting me directly.

U-Swim, Salford Quays by Anthony McCarthy
U-Swim, Salford Quays by Anthony McCarthy

I have recently started a series of drawings that will form a new exhibition depicting life around Salford Quays and Media city. 'U Swim' was captured on the spot on a rainy Saturday morning in the spirit of this new body of work and finished at a later date. These Swim sessions were established in 2007 in Dock 9 and are described as a world class swim venue in the heart of Media City and perfect training for a long distance swim experience, tough stuff and hats off to you guys!

Interior of John Ryland's Library on an envelope
John Ryland's Library interior by Anthony McCarthy

John Rylands Historic Reading Room captured by the artist on an envelope to hand as in the spontaneous nature of working of L.S Lowry.

Posted June, 2014.

A New John Rylands Exhibition

Walking along the historical link between Salford and Manchester toward John Rylands library I became intrigued and aware of the monumental buildings and regeneration taking place on Chapel Street.Years of neglect and decay highlight abandoned buildings.

Now Chapel Street is being modernised. Buildings are being knocked down or cleaned and the pavements are now lit in a contemporary manner highlighting once darkened areas.

The need to record this change became a focus for the drawings produced for the exhibition at John Rylands library. It is a work in progress.

Other artists have depicted our changing cities, L.S Lowry and more recently Harold Riley. The drawings also depict the wonderful interior of John Rylands - the stillness, atmosphere and history of a magnificent building.

Included in the exhibition are studies of Manchester looking at weather conditions and its effect on buildings.The dynamic of the people that occupy the streets are also highlighted. Night time views also feature in the exhibition.The darkness bringing out the drama of Manchester after hours.

All works exhibited will be on sale.

February - August, 2014.

Anfield by Anthony McCarthy

Anfield by Anthony McCarthy
Anfield | Liverpool FC by Anthony McCarthy

Posted April 2013

Easter Drawings

Anthony McCarthy has been busy producing new drawings in March of scenes taken from Manchester and Salford. Included is a stunningly detailed drawing of Manchester University on Oxford Road, Manchester, as well as a lovely old cinema in Salford on Cross Lane. In addition, McCarthy has also applied a looser style in the form of a drawing capturing a Manchester skyline.

Manchester University by Anthony McCarthy
Manchester University by Anthony McCarthy
Salford Cinema, Cross Lane by Anthony McCarthy
Salford Cinema, Cross Lane by Anthony McCarthy
Manchester Skyline by Anthony McCarthy
Manchester Skyline by Anthony McCarthy

Posted April 2013

Back To Ryland's Library

After the success of McCarthy's first exhibition earlier this year, February 2014 will see Anthony McCarthy's second one-man show at The John Rylands Library on Deansgate, Manchester. This extensive exhibition, showcasing scenes of Salford and Manchester will be housed in the prestigious Great Hall. More details regarding the exhibition will be made available next year.

St Phillip's Church in Salford
St Phillip's Church in Salford

Posted Feb 2013

Ryland's Toilet Cubicle

The Ryland's toilet cubicle is one of the most popular images from the 'Capturing The City' exhibition. In response to popular demand this universal and quirky subject will be released as a limited edition signed print. It will be available to buy from The Lowry Gift Shop, situated within The Lowry and also direct from the artist.

Ryland's Toilet Cubicle
Ryland's Toilet Cubicle

Posted Feb 2013

This Time It's Bolton Wanderers FC

Another great club and a fantastic stadium is picked out by Anthony McCarthy. This time it is the turn of Bolton Wanderers who started life way back in 1874 as Christ Church FC. This is a highly detailed drawing of their Reebok Stadium which holds a capacity of over 28,000 is captured at night. The print is available from the artist direct or by visiting The Lowry Gift Shop on Salford Quays.

Bolton Wanderers FC
Bolton Wanderers FC

Posted Nov 2012

Football Fever, MUFC & MCFC

In recognition of the tradition of football in Manchester, Anthony McCarthy has produced two stunning new drawings of both Manchester United's Old Trafford and Manchester City's Etihad Stadium. Both of which are detailed studies that show the movement of people before a match outside the ground. These works draw on inspiration from L.S Lowry's well known painting Going To The Match.

MUFC By Anthony McCarthy
MUFC By Anthony McCarthy

Each print is available from The Lowry gift shop or by contacting the artist direct.

MCFC By Anthony McCarthy
MCFC By Anthony McCarthy

Posted Nov 2012

Exhibition at John Ryland’s Library, Manchester

The much awaited John Rylands Library Exhibition will open December 3rd. The work going on display are drawings of Manchester City Centre and the unique interior of John Rylands Library. This is a stunning venue for the work to be displayed. McCarthy has liaised with the curator in order to specially select drawings which will connect with the building.

To find out more regarding such as opening times and exhibition details, you can visit the website for John Ryland's Library.

Posted Sept 2012

McCarthy Draws MUFC’s Famous Old Trafford

To celebrate the new football season there will be three new drawings of Old Trafford football ground the iconic home of Manchester United. Each drawing will have a limited edition print of twenty prints. The atmosphere around the ground and the fans that occupy the drawings are inspired by the painting Going to The Match (1953) by L. S. Lowry.

Old Trafford by Anthony McCarthy
Old Trafford by Anthony McCarthy

Posted Sept 2012

New Pen and Ink Drawing of Mr Lowry

LS Lowry by Anthony McCarthy
LS Lowry by Anthony McCarthy

With interest in L.S Lowry's work reaching a new level of intensity due to the sale of The Football Match and Piccadilly Circus, both of which attaining unprecedented prices for the artists work; McCarthy has been inspired to create a new pen and ink drawing of the artist in his studio. It shows Lowry painting at his home, The Elms in Mottram, in his well worn and paint encrusted suit.

This piece is produced as a mark of respect for Mr Lowry in recognition of his outstanding contribution to British art. The new drawing will be made available as a signed, limited edition print which can be purchased through the gift shop of The Lowry on Salford Quays. View this work on Flickr.

Posted Oct 2011

New Limited Edition Print Hits the Shops

This summer, McCarthy has lovingly produced a spectacular new drawing of Central Library, Manchester. It captures the life of City Centre Manchester in a detailed and colourful way. It is a drawing that promises to become popular and connects easily with it's audience. For those that have perhaps moved away from Manchester it acts as a perfect souvenir.

Central Library, Manchester by Anthony McCarthy
Central Library, Manchester by Anthony McCarthy

Central Library, Manchester, (2011) is now exclusively available as a Limited Edition Print from The Lowry Shop on Salford Quays. Alternatively, you can always email to find out more.

Posted Jul 2011

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