We know that our discerning customers love fine food and travel as well as art, so we asked our artists to share some thoughts with us. Here is the third in our series: Stephen Snoddy
1/ If you could own one work of art, money no object, from any time in history what would it be and why?
Piero della Francesca, The Baptism of Christ, National Gallery, London.
Piero della Francesca is one of the most admired 15th-century Italian painters. His cool colour palette and refined geometrical compositions contribute to the refined and meditative quality of his works. His naturalism is balanced by the clearly defined composition and use of accurate perspective borne from his study of mathematics.
2/ Describe your favourite meal.
My favourite ever meal was on 13 December 1998, in Naples on a terraced farm close to the city centre. It was a wealthy Neapolitan family (involved in the art world) who had invited friends and family and the workforce of the farm and their families to a Sunday lunch. We sat outside with the sun shining all afternoon while the food kept coming in what seemed like dozens of courses ending with fruit picked from the trees and homemade Italian ice cream. All walks of society were there and it was a meal to remember and I felt at ease with the world.
3/ If you could live anywhere else in the country, the world, the universe, where would that be and why?
I would build a studio and home on the North Antrim coast in Northern Ireland – somewhere between Carnlough and Portstewart - to look over the Atlantic sea. This would be a second home to escape to!
Stephen Snoddy is both an artist and internationally renowned curator and gallery director who is currently Director at The New Gallery, Walsall.
Snoddy studied at Belfast College of Art, graduating with an MA in 1983. After being very prolific during his student years he spent the next 20 years developing a distinguished career as the director of major galleries across Britain. In 2012 Snoddy began painting again, his work is abstract, referring to the visible world, architecture and geometric structures.
We currently have paintings available in the gallery and are looking forward to showing Stephen Snoddy's work along with other artists in the Manchester Art Fair in October. Click on the image below to see more.