Abstract artist from Spalding launches new exhibition
An abstract artist is celebrating the city’s first post-containment exhibition held – and now wants Spalding to embrace his thriving underground art scene.
Joey Lowe (30) on Saturday kicked off ‘New Normal’ at the Geest Gallery in Ayscoughfee Hall – the first solo exhibition on display since the start of the pandemic.
The Covid blocks – which cut short his last show in the historic Spalding Hall – inspired an explosion of creativity in Joey and prompted him to take the plunge and go full-time.
He said: “Three weeks ago I quit my job – I was tired of making coffee, so I decided to paint full time.
“Then two weeks later I got a phone call about Ayscoughfee
“I’m excited, but also worried too.
“It’s mostly abstract art but I have a few pieces of pop art. I consider it an alternative art.
During this year’s lockdown, it also hosted an online exhibition to showcase talent from the region.
He said, “We have a lot of talented individuals, who are still in the city and the region, and the foreclosure has given people the opportunity to create.
“We will never see anything like this again. Some people in the creative world have used it fully to inspire us to create a new future and a new normal, and that’s why I called the exhibition that.
He hopes the show can ride the wave of positivity around the arts that comes from the Keep SHC a-LIVE support group – set up to protect the South Holland Center – and Karl Barfoot and Adam Sadd’s petition for a wall. street art in the city, which he supports.
He believes Spalding could become known for his art scene if he celebrated it more – and would love to see one of the city’s empty shops turned into an art gallery.
He said: “There is definitely an underground alternative art scene in Spalding of all places.
“There are quite a few individuals working on new, creative things, but they don’t have a platform.
“A lot of people have to travel to Peterborough or beyond and it sucks.
“We will never be a city of culture, but there are plenty of people who want to express themselves.
He added: “People constantly say that there is nothing original, nothing unique, nothing is happening, but that is really not true.
” We are numerous
“I think the council and the local community will see it eventually and appreciate it a little more.
“In an ideal world, Spalding would have his own art gallery in town, but unfortunately I’m not rich enough to afford a store.”
Joey also believes cultural groups should offer advice to the South Holland District Council on such matters – like Spalding and the District Civic Society.
l New Normal runs until November 9th.