Refractive Pool: Contemporary Painting in Liverpool

The Walker Art Gallery

William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EL

29th April 2022 – 8th January 2023



The Exhibition

The Refractive Pool project, which started in 2019, has explored contemporary painting in the city through events, a book and online resources, highlighting the diverse range of artists and painting styles, and culminates in this exhibition. Liverpool-based artists Josie Jenkins and Brendan Lyons have selected and curated the exhibition, which will feature 21 local artists to give an overview of the community of painters based in the city.

Exhibiting Artists: Pete Clarke, Joana De Oliveira Guerreiro, Frances Disley, Cherie Grist, David Jacques, Louis Jeck Prestidge, Josie Jenkins, Gareth Kemp, Anna Ketskemety, Sumuyya Khader, Brendan Lyons, Richard Meaghan, Brian Mountford, M.B O’Toole, Millie Toyin Olateju, Zahra, James Quin, The Singh Twins, Luke Skiffington, Gary Sollars, Jason Thompson



The Refractive Pool Book

Refractive Pool, a project led by Josie Jenkins and Brendan Lyones, has published a book containing portraits of 38 artists currently based in and around Liverpool. These unique, layered images were produced by combining new paintings with photographic portraits of each of the individual artists. These striking images are accompanied by the thoughts and words of the painters themselves. The book features the newly commissioned poem The Studio, written by Paul Farley and themed around his memories of the city and the practice of painting.

Find out more about the Refractive Pool book HERE