A Coventry-based artist is showing his paintings at the city’s busiest new gallery.
Terry Williams’s works can be seen at weekends, mid-day until 5pm, until June 11 at the Pluspace Gallery, which can be found upstairs from the east entrance of Broadgate House in the city centre.
Terry is the longest resident of the Artspace Artists Studios in Lower Holyhead Road and graduated from Coventry University’s Fine Art degree in the 1980s.
The works on show here vary in size, and show experiments with colour. There’s a nod to Philip Larkin with Whitsun Weddings, a large painting of a traditionally-dressed couple, and Heap looks like a huge pile of clothes, or blocks of colour.
Young Man Among Flowers and a similar one show young men in caps, surrounded by flowers, and one called the Futurists show his interest in so-called authority figures and the idea of joining dodgy groups.
Terry said they were influenced by fascist or communist propaganda posters: “I called it the Futurists because of the Italian painters. It’s saying don’t join anything.”
Another painting, Moment of Reconfiguration, has a similar message, showing men in suits walking with marks across their faces, showing they’re no longer themselves.
Terry, whose day job is as a builder, says he’s saying don’t join any political organisation because it will make you become someone else.
Other paintings are colourful, and more abstract. “I fancied doing something a little more joyful”, he said. “I try to be painterly in everything I do.”