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The three cathedrals of Cologne and Liverpool

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. March/April 2011

Cologne City Hall Jan 2012

In early 2010 I was invited to undertake a residency at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral with the intention of producing a body of work, particularly drawings, of its interior space. Fifteen months and nearly a hundred works later, an exhibition of around thirty drawings took place throughout the cathedral Nave in March/April 2011.

Subsequently, the work transferred to Cologne where the work formed part of the sixtieth anniversary of economic and cultural links between the two cities. Drawings of the Anglican Cathedral were exhibited alongside newly produced drawings of both Liverpools Metropolitan Cathedral and Cologne Cathedral – Der Kolner Dom.

The common most obvious denominator linking the three cathedrals from a spatial point of view is their constant and unchanging internal environment. It could be relied upon to be virtually identical each time i returned to the same specific point to work on the same drawing – a characteristic that is similarly impossible when working with external landscapes of the type I had been used to. Drawing, besides being the foundation stone of what I do, is a natural redactor in that it edits out everything other than the relationship between the artist and subject. It invites focus on the spatial and physical arrangement in front of me and invites speed of purpose and the immediate transfer of the experience to visual image. Although the project started, not without some trepidation, in the end all three beautiful buildings were easy partners to work with and each image naturally led on the next.

Liverpool Cathedral: The High Altar and East Window
Liverpool Cathedral: The High Altar and East Window
Liverpool Cathedral: The Embroidery Gallery and bridge
Cologne Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral: The Corona Gallery and South Window
Liverpool Cathedral: The Western Transept
Liverpool Cathedral: The Central Space Ceiling and North Window
Cologne Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral: Central Space ceiling
Liverpool Cathedral: The South Choir Aisle
Liverpool Cathedral: The Western Transept and Baptistry
Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral: The High Altar and East Window

Charcoal and graphite on paper, 22 x 30 ins, 2010

Liverpool Cathedral: The High Altar and East Window

Charcoal and graphite on paper, 30 x 22 ins, 2010

Liverpool Cathedral: The Embroidery Gallery and bridge

Charcoal and graphite on paper, 22 x 30 ins, 2011

Cologne Cathedral

Charcoal and graphite on paper, 22 x 22 ins, 2011

Liverpool Cathedral: The Corona Gallery and South Window

Charcoal and graphite on paper, 28 x 42 ins, 2010

Liverpool Cathedral: The Western Transept

Charcoal, graphite and iron powder on paper, 30 x 22 ins, 2011

Liverpool Cathedral: The Central Space Ceiling and North Window

Charcoal and graphite on paper, 32 x 47 ins, 2010

Cologne Cathedral

Charcoal and graphite on paper, 22 x 22 ins, 2011

Liverpool Cathedral: Central Space ceiling

Charcoal and graphite on paper, 30 x 22 ins, 2010

Liverpool Cathedral: The South Choir Aisle

Charcoal, graphite and iron powder on paper, 30 x 22 ins, 2011

Liverpool Cathedral: The Western Transept and Baptistry

Charcoal and graphite on paper, 22 x 30 ins, 2010

Liverpool Cathedral

4th March 2011

Liverpool Cathedral

4th March 2011

Cologne Cathedral

Charcoal and graphite on paper, 22 x 22 ins, 2011

Liverpool Cathedral

4th March 2011

Cologne Cathedral

Charcoal and graphite on paper, 22 x 22 ins, 2011

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Charcoal and graphite on paper, 22 x 30 ins, 2011

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Charcoal and graphite on paper, 22 x 22 ins, 2011

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Charcoal and graphite on paper, 22 x 22 ins, 2011

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Charcoal and graphite on paper, 22 x 22 ins, 2011

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Charcoal and graphite on paper, 22 x 22 ins, 2011

  • Liverpool Cathedral: The High Altar and East Window
  • Liverpool Cathedral: The High Altar and East Window
  • Liverpool Cathedral: The Embroidery Gallery and bridge
  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Liverpool Cathedral: The Corona Gallery and South Window
  • Liverpool Cathedral: The Western Transept
  • Liverpool Cathedral: The Central Space Ceiling and North Window
  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Liverpool Cathedral: Central Space ceiling
  • Liverpool Cathedral: The South Choir Aisle
  • Liverpool Cathedral: The Western Transept and Baptistry
  • Liverpool Cathedral
  • Liverpool Cathedral
  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Liverpool Cathedral
  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
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