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I photographed the opening of Cotton and Steel: The Industrial Paintings of Kevin Haynes and Dave Watson at Salford Museum and Art Gallery on July 9, 2016. Here are the photographs:
From the Salford Community Culture website:
Saturday 9 July to Sunday 9 October 2016
The cotton industry of Manchester and Oldham and the steel industry of Teesside and Middlesbrough are brought together in this joint exhibition by post war artists Kevin Haynes (link is external) and David Watson (link is external).
Cotton and steel are two distinctly contrasting materials presented by two distinctly different artists, both from working backgrounds in industry, later mixing their palettes to reflect these experiences.
Kevin’s instantly recognisable colourful naive style blends fondness of his childhood and career memories of northern cotton towns, through a methodical and precise mind of an engineer. Whilst David’s raw and often brutal approach resonates a personal relationship with the industrial past against the present reality.
When combined they weave an industrial narrative connecting the regions through the industries once defined as Cotton and Steel.