Ikon Gallery is at the forefront of style and culture. Situated in Brindley Place its walls only welcome select pieces of art from the talented and 'special' artists who are both local and internationally successful.
Some of Ikon's current exhibitions have really caught my eye, and funnily enough inspired a redecoration in a friends home.
David Tremlett's 3 Drawing Rooms has transformed Ikon's second floor, covering the walls with bold colours and shapes applied with pastel pigment and engine grease.
I would never have considered engine grease, or any sort of oil would be an ideal material for painting any sort of canvas, but Tremlett has done it. Each contrasting composition plays with perception, and has made me appreciate the talent of the artist.
The Luminescent Ground at Ikon is the first European survey of work by Australian artist Tim Johnson. The exhibition includes pieces made during a trip around Europe in the Seventies.
Bright and prophetic
The painted deities work caught my eye; it paints another picture of the deity: are they to be worshipped, or are they something to fear? It raised such questions in my mind and I would say I'm atheist. I can only imagine what questions devout Buddhism followers let alone those who have a faith.
I love it when art creates a debate, and Ikon Gallery are saying bring it on.