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Can't you just be happy by Cherie Grist

Home town exhibition for acclaimed local artist

by Gemma Melling

A solo exhibition of new paintings by the artist Cherie Grist, who grew up in Stockbridge Village, opens at Huyton Gallery on 23 January.

It is the largest solo exhibition to date of Cherie’s work and offers the chance to see this new body of work for the first time.

Grist’s work combines abstract expression and focused graphical marks, she describes all her paintings as ‘self-portraits’, documenting her observations of the ever-changing world.

The vibrant series of paintings on display in Huyton’s ‘People’ exhibition captures people and their behaviour and how situations affect them.

Use It by Cherie Grist

Use It by Cherie Grist

The artist

Cherie grew up in Stockbridge Village. At 20 she secured a place at the University of the Arts London to study Fashion Styling and Photography. She worked for a photographer after graduating and returned to the region six years later, opening her own art studio in Liverpool city centre to continue to explore her creative practise.

Commenting on her style of work, Cherie Grist, said: “When I paint I can express all the thoughts that are swirling around my mind. My process is always automatic, from the paint used to the method in which I apply the marks.”

Grist is a full-time artist and co-founder of ‘104 Duke Street Studios’ which is an artist studio / gallery space in Liverpool city centre, which aims to help other artists with affordable studio space.

She has been shortlisted for the John Moore’s Contemporary Painting Prize, the National Open Art Prize, the Cass Art Prize and has had numerous exhibitions in both London and Liverpool. She was also nominated in 2013 for the Adult Artist Award as part of the Knowsley Sports & Cultural Awards.

Talking by Cherie Grist

Talking by Cherie Grist

Private View

A special viewing of the exhibition will take place on Thursday 19 January ahead of the public opening on Monday 23 January. If you would like to attend the private view, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, please contact tina.ball@knowsley.gov.uk or phone Tina on 0151 443 5617.

Ranking by Cherie Grist

Ranking by Cherie Grist

When can I visit?

‘Cherie Grist: People’ runs from Monday 23 January until Saturday 20 May at Huyton Gallery, within Huyton Library on Civic Way, Huyton, Knowsley, L36 9GD.

It is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 5pm, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm and is closed on Wednesday. Admission is free.