Len Grant nips across to Gorton Visual Arts (GVA) at The Angels to report on Yvonne Royle’s solo exhibition.
Although I photographed Yvonne preparing for this show a couple of months ago I wasn’t expecting the riot of colour and energy she has put into these large-scale murals.
The panels are full to bursting with weird and wonderful characters that begin life in her imagination. “Music is my inspiration,” says Yvonne, who joined GVA as the community art group were completing their Belle Vue mosaic. “I feel free when I’m drawing and listening to music. Anything from the 80s and the images just come to me.”
Yvonne’s original drawings were projected onto the wooden panels and then, assisted by artist, Andrew McKay, Yvonne has transformed them into larger-than-life characters.
It was great to see so many friends and family descend on the GVA’s studio last night to celebrate Yvonne’s achievement.
“We’re looking for a permanent venue for the work now,” she tells me, “somewhere it can be enjoyed for a long time.”