Tower Street gallery According to McGee reopens its doors to the biggest paintings they have ever exhibited this weekend.
'Contemporary Seascapes', a solo show from nationally well regarded painter Freya Horsely, launches on Saturday. Co-director Ails McGee is looking forward to the new season, "These aren't only the biggest paintings we've exhibited, they're the biggest commercial paintings in the UK", she laughs, "Freya has created a stunning collection. The size is not a gimmick. Combined with her evolving compositions and palette on both her large scale pieces and her smaller works,
it's a confident demonstration of where she is as a painter, at the top of her game, and selling to collectors from all over the world."
The front room of According to McGee displays the new series of seascapes, a mixture of paintings depicting the Cornish, Scottish and North East coast. Co-director Greg McGee points to the integral optimism of the art. "It's been a rough time for everybody," he says, "Loss and loneliness have been a steady drizzle in life for over a year. Things are slowly clicking back into gear and I can't think of a better way to reflect that than through beautiful paintings of the sea. There's restlessness, depths, and enough luminosity to help hammer home our message as gallerists at this time - nature can heal. Because of that, Freya's art connects with collectors internationally."
Greg also points out that Freya Horsley is the only artist with whom he has appeared on the BBC. BBC's 'Best House in Town' featured York in its inaugural series, with Greg as one of the 5 judges, and Freya's art instantly recognisable in one of the houses. "Her art makes you look twice because it has a calming quality and, like a good sunrise, it makes you go 'wow!'. That came across very powerfully on TV. We have clients who watched the show in Dubai who got in touch, saying 'I'm watching in Burj Khalifa the guy who sells me paintings and the art I like to collect most.' It was a very good showboat for York. We're glad that we're still here to celebrate the increasingly powerful art of one of Yorkshire's most collectible painters."
'Freya Horsley" Contemporary Seascapes' runs at According to McGee
until October 11th.
For more of Freya's art, check: https://
This article originally appeared in Charles Hutchinson's blog: https://charleshutchpress.co.uk/freya-horsley-goes-big-for-her-seascapes-show-at-according-to-mcgee/