This week, we’re looking back at Cherie Grist’s People solo show at Huyton Gallery in 2017 – just the thing to inject a bit of colour into the new year! Her bold and intricate work combines abstract expressionism and focused graphical marks, which she describes as ‘self-portraits’, documenting her observations of the ever-changing world. Her large vibrant canvases capture people and their behaviour and how situations affect them.
As well as her large-scale paintings and some smaller works, Cherie Grist also loaned us a collection of her notes, sketches, poems and materials to illustrate her creative process.
Cherie grew up in Stockbridge Village and went the University of the Arts London to study Fashion Styling and Photography. She worked for a photographer after graduating and returned to the region six years later, opening her own art studio in Liverpool city centre to continue to explore her creative practice.
Grist is a full-time artist and has been shortlisted for the John Moore’s Contemporary Painting Prize, the National Open Art Prize, the Cass Art Prize. She is currently represented by Singulart, an art agency, and her paintings have been sold to collectors world wide.
Cherie is working on a new body of work for Singulart and is also in the process opening a new studio called Bold Place in Liverpool city centre: a workspace focused on empowering women creatives and female businesses, a space for exploration and collaboration. It will also be home to Bold Vision CIC which will provide workshops, talks and networking for the female community of Liverpool, aiming to support women’s mental health and wellbeing and helping the community to express themselves through creativity.
We were thrilled to be able to host a large showcase of her work at Huyton Gallery and inspire other Knowsley creatives. We hold Keep Talking in our collection, kindly purchased and donated by Friends of Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum. It is currently on loan to St Joseph the Worker Primary School in Kirkby as part of our Love Art Loan Art scheme included as part of School Friends of Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum membership.