The Cupola Gallery in Sheffield will feature artwork celebrating brutalist architecture and urban street scenes in an upcoming exhibition


Artists Dan Broughton and Martin Hearne will exhibit around 30 works ranging from 20x20cm to 1m x 1m in a month-long exhibition starting this week on February 12.

Dan Broughton’s pictorial practice has long been inspired by the aesthetics of brutalist architecture, excellent examples of which can be found in Sheffield, but this collection of work is primarily concerned with distilling the visual language of movement .

The works are deceptively simple in construction; feelings of space and light come and go throughout the collection, with color and paint application sometimes playing a larger role.

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Bradford-based Martin Hearne focuses on street scenes from northern cities such as Bradford for this exhibition

Dan Broughton said: “Over the last few years of painting, I couldn’t help but notice how often certain shapes recur in my compositions. I started thinking less about the fabric of the buildings and more about the architect’s design process, how they could use the play of light as a tool to create interest and drama in the finished building.

“I started to distill that language and tried to do the paintings with an architectural design approach in mind. I describe my paintings as an architectural abstraction, but when making this collection, I realized that this phrase could also apply to brutalism. I hope the resulting body of work will shed new light on this particular area of ​​the centuries-old conversation between art and architecture.

Bradford-based Martin Hearne focuses on street scenes from northern cities such as Bradford for this exhibition.

Cupola Gallery Director Karen Sherwood said: “Both artists are interested in structure and the play of light, but in distinctly different ways. One artist abstracted and distilled his lens, while the other retained a certain “slice of life” element in his paintings but manipulated the scenes in order to draw the viewer’s attention to the pictorial elements, color, brands, structures and of course, light. Two different artists but with a common thread that joins their respective practices.

Dan Broughton’s pictorial practice has long been inspired by the aesthetics of brutalist architecture

The exhibition will run from February 12 to March 12, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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