WARRINGTON Museum & Art Gallery played host to visitors from across the North West at the launch of exciting exhibition exploring the relationship between people and new technology.
Prize-winning painter Peter Davis launched his Zeitgeist exhibition at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery – and warrington-worldwide was on hand to broadcast the event “live” on social media!
The exhibition acts as a social documentary exploring the relationship between people and technology and how digital devices are impacting everything we do: from how we interact with our friends and family, to how we walk around – and even how the media interacts at events!
Zeitgeist is the creation of contemporary figurative painter and elected member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA), Peter Davis.
Davis is fast gaining recognition from peers and critics alike, in addition to bagging a number of industry prizes such as the Visitor’s Choice Prize at last year’s Warrington Contemporary Open exhibition, and being shortlisted for Artist of the Year by Artists & Illustrators, one of the country’s leading art magazines. He has also recently been named as a finalist for the prestigious Aesthetica Art Prize.
Featuring 13 paintings at present, this ongoing work aims to capture this fascinating social development, and how technology has become irrevocably ingrained into our daily lives.
Peter said: “As a social realist painter, I’m particularly fascinated by how the physical and digital versions of ourselves are constantly changing.
“Seeing people glued to their devices is so commonplace now that we don’t give it a second glance.
“It is clear to see that personal devices are fundamentally altering the way we interact with each other, and this evolution is what I wanted to document through my work.”
Roger Jeffery, Exhibition and Interpretation Officer for Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, is delighted to be presenting the work and said: “Peter’s work came to my attention when he entered the Open exhibition we hold every year as part of Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival.
“We first started planning this show about nine months ago as part of our extended contemporary art programme and I’m delighted with the result.
“Peter’s social realist paintings are stunning and Zeitgeist is an incredibly detailed, engaging and witty exhibition which I’m sure our visitors will really enjoy.”
Zeitgeist will be open for the public to view for free between Saturday 10 February and Saturday 28 April 2018.
For more information, head to www.warringtonmuseum.co.uk/whats-on/event/zeitgeist/ or contact Warrington Museum & Art Gallery on 01925 442399.