Step into the narrative with Harold Hewitt’s exhibition at Williamson Art Gallery

Birkenhead’s Williamson Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition by Harold Hewitt, who creates life-scale immersive pictures of the world we’re all familiar with.

His images are of local scenes, but sometimes a narrative emerges that he didn’t expect – perhaps referencing history, religion, poetry, art history, mythology or even present-day issues.

What began as a familiar local scene becomes a stage for a drama, or sometimes a metaphor for a bigger message.

While the pictures might look at a glance like enlarged photos, they begin as oil paintings created on location.

These are then developed over many months using hundreds of collaged cut outs. These give the pictures spatial depth, bringing in peripheral as well as direct vision.

With the peripheral vision and large size together you feel you can almost step into the works, and become part of the narrative.


Opening night: Thursday 8 June, 6-8pm – all welcome. Harold will be joined by Ruth Fisher to sing songs about the works from 6-7pm, and will then give a 10-minute talk about the exhibition.

Artist Talks: Friday 16th June, 6pm and Saturday 1st July, 2pm. Book on Tickets Wirral

Life Is A Collage will run 9 June – 29 July in galleries 1 and 2 at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Slatey Road, Birkenhead. For full visiting information check their Visit Us  page.

Image: Williamson Art Gallery and Museum/Harold Hewitt

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