Ones to watch
Cheshire Life: December 2018
George Davies has just finished Year 9 at Christleton High School but he is already making his mark on the art world.
The 14-year-old, who lives in Chester, has exhibited his artwork in several shows and next year will hold his first ever solo show at Castle Park in Frodsham.
He has also won a raft of awards including the Frodsham Castle Park Open People’s Choice Award and the Society of All Artists junior competition in 2015. Last year he sold a painting at the National Open Art exhibition at Tower Wharf in London.
‘I started doing art when I was about three or four,’ says George.
‘I just loved drawing and was drawing and colouring all the time. Then when I was older I would draw ships and things like that. I’d do them over and over again until I’d perfected them.’
It’s George’s love of nature that now inspires him and subjects can range from the beautiful landscape of North Wales to pictures of animals, such as his favourite of a gorilla.
‘I love everything about nature. We recently went on holiday to the Isle of Mull and I did five paintings while I was there.
‘I’d like to be a fine artist. I feel like I’m meant to be one.’
This month George’s work can be seen at Castle Park Arts, Frodsham Open Art Exhibition, until December 22nd and also at the Open Exhibition at the Willow Gallery in Oswestry until January 12th. His solo exhibition will be at Castle Park Arts, Frodsham in September next year.
Another talented artist living in Chester is former Christie Hospital nurse, Sheryl Gu.
In 2013 Sheryl moved to Chester to focus on family life and while she raised her young family spent her evenings in her loft studio creating wedding dresses for clients, friends and family. She has now transformed her elegant front room at Hough Green into a showroom.
After months of researching, sketching and fabricating in the studio, Sheryl is thrilled to launch her new collection. The designs include some oriental elements. ‘The lace pattern is inspired by Chinese calligraphy and watercolour painting,’ she explains.
Instead of big-volume statement dresses, Sheryl has focused more on sophisticated understated designs with eye-catching details. But you don’t have to be getting married to wear her .
Alongside her bridal collection, she has also launched her new occasionwear collection. Elaborate beading and floral details are the main motifs for the designs.
‘It’s soft, floaty, modern evening wear suited for proms or a range of gala events,’ she says.