I have been eagerly awaiting the opening of Prussian Blue, an exhibition of recent work of Glasgow-based artist Michael Fullerton which is at S1 Artspace in Sheffield city centre.
The exhibition will be the first of three exhibitions to hit the art scene in 2015.
The work is the outcome of Fullerton’s aesthetic and historical study of the 18th and 19th century paintings belonging to the Fine Art collections at Museums Sheffield.
A number of these inspirational portraits have been chosen to go alongside the new work produced for the exhibition.
The work exposes the power and politics of painting, examining how an artwork can portray the social history and aesthetic importance when considering an individual person and town.
The use of isolated blue walls amongst the usual white complemented the colour and scale of the artworks.
I instantly noticed the hints of gold repeated throughout the space.
These details caught the light within the space and drew me around the show, connecting the historical with the contemporary and creating a natural flow.
The strength of the curation was mirrored in the artwork.
The investigation into power was clear from viewing the works as a collection.
The model, the bride, the royal, the movie star, the politician, the colonel – the subjects are all powerful in their own way and by their own right.
The glorification of the Prussian Blue paint pigment, displayed within a museum-style case gave the object power and presence, as much as the subjects of the paintings and prints.
The sculptural piece Who Are The Brain Police – which cast invasive blue and red emergency lights over the rest of the space – seems to suggest a certain amount of control, questioning the figures’ power over the public, over the viewer and therefore questioning the value and artificiality of their power.
A favourite of mine from the exhibition was from a series of romanticised paintings of an Estée Lauder model.
Prussian Blue runs until May 9.
Opening times: Wednesday -Saturday noon-6pm.