|40-year retrospective - drawings,
paintings, graphics 1960-2000
|If you believe the elderly rasping of the people whove
experienced them, 40th birthdays are occasions to be
feared. Youre not as lovely as youd imagined youd
stay, and nor are the creatures youve spawned. Your capacities
are waning, your friends have all left you and you've got nothing
but the inexorable decline towards double incontinence to look
forward to. Bad luck. Commiserations have no place on Portland
Street, however, where - having clocked up 40 years as a Manchester
painter (and several more as a citizen of the city) - Colin Jellicoe
is proudly turning his gallery over to his own retrospective. A
native of Manchester, Jellicoe has been painting here since 1960 -
and shows no sign of losing either his abilities or his fans. See
his paintings of moments - inspired by films, comics and
people he knows - gathered together for the benefit of spring
chickens and has-beens alike.
News North West, April 2000
|Everyone in Manchester knows Colin Jellicoe the gallery owner;
fewer of us are as familiar with Jellicoe the artist, an imaginative
spirit boasting a body of work that stretches back some forty years.
This springs retrospective at the Portland Street Gallery
showcases his talent. Gathering inspiration from the comics and
cinema of the forties and fifties, the earliest paintings on display
attack the senses with a vivid. vigorous use of colour and form:
Platt Fields is among the most powerful images you will find
anywhere. By the 70s, influences were drawn from gentler sources and
a series of landscapes gave vent to a more communicative spirit.
Ever evolving, recent works have explored the challenging media of
acrylics and sponges on canvas to continue the intriguing Journey
through Jellicoe's imagination.
What's On North West. April 2000