Sunderland : Deborah Cauchi's Gallery

Saturday, 15 September 2012

New Gallery in Sunderland Deborah Cauchi

If you're looking for something a little different to do in the North East, I found the perfect place this morning in Sunderland! A little bit of culture with a twist is how I'd describe Deborah Cauchi's new gallery based in Sunniside in the city centre.



I was only meant to be heading into town to pick up some fruit from the market but decided to have a wander and see what was happening in the place I used to live while I was at uni. The gallery is opposite Sunderland's Old Post Office building and it's a gem... trust me!



Deborah Cauchi Gallery : Superman

Deborah Cauchi Gallery Prints

Deborah is a trained fine artist, graduating locally at the University of Sunderland and while her contemporary human figure pieces are incredible... she also likes to play. There is a giant batman in the window and a space hopper hung on the wall! It's all rather quirky and lots of fun and I could have stayed for hours. Instead I purchased Mr.A a print of a lego man proudly displaying a Sunderland football shirt and headed to go do the shopping I was meant to.





There is something for everyone and I guarantee you'll love it. Prices start from only £2 so if you're looking for a unique gift for someone or fancy jazzing up your house a little, it's a great place to find something original. When you've finished at the gallery make sure to pop round Serendipity for a cup of tea and slice of cake - it's only in the next street! And if you head to see Deborah at her gallery, make sure you let her know Girl in the North sent you!

15 comments:

  1. What a fun gallery!
    Amazing pics!

    xoxox,
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    1. It's great isn't it?! So cute and fun!
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  2. How unusual, I think the paintings look great!

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    1. Haha it's unique! I love the fact she sells her traditional contemporary art among fun pieces. x

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  3. Haha I love these! Might have to buy some for the bf xx

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    1. They're great & she does commissions too if you want something specific! Totally worth a visit xx

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  4. Really very nice. I'll be coming back for new posts :-)

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  5. Hmmm, they remind me SO much of another artist's work!!!

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  6. This is the dreadful woman who has copied my husbands art! I honestly don't know how she has the audacity as she knows she copied them as she copied James' Beautiful Brittons paintings also!!! James emailed her about them last year when we first found out about them & she said sorry & that she wouldn't do it again! But no, she has kept painting!!! She has even been caught out by some of James' customers at an art fair before & has been contacted by telephone by one of his galleries!!! Can you believe she still keeps painting them & now has a gallery! Geez the audacity of some people! Some people just don't have any talent & have to resort to making inferior copies to make a name for themselves!

    If anyone wants to see great art from an artist that is original visit his website at www.james-paterson.co.uk

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  7. Well I never, its amazing to find two artists in the NE of England , with such similar work, however I prefer the original material from Darlington

    How can one sleep at night when enjoying the benefits of plagiarism.

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  8. In reply.. I can categorically state that I have never been contacted by any gallery by phone or otherwise. I was contacted by this artist himself advising me of his work after I had completed a number of new works and posted them on various art websites. Two of the paintings were done for a friend who had provided the image to me and had played around with them on photoshop as he liked how I dripped and poured paint on some of my works, which is something I have been doing for a number of years. I have collected vintage toys , magazines and comics as well as figurative books and anything with faces & figures on them for a long time and every toy or image that I paint I own, photograph myself then paint. I agreed at the time, once I saw the artists work that the 2 images were similar, but definitely not the same, which again, I stress I had not seen previously, and removed them but NOT because I had to, as he was also advised at the time by the relevant website, as they did not agree with him. I paint in 2 different genres..realist style and sometimes in a more loose and more freer way. my figurative work Is either realist or more abstract depending on what i want to achieve. I drip and pour paint on these images to the only difference being that I start on a coloured background and not a white one. I am definitely not the only artist that paints retro toys/lego , there are hundreds, probably thousands all over the world that paint them. I am certainly not the only artist who drips and pours paint on their work either. Some paintings i do this too and some i don't. I have developed a style and technique that works for me and used it on a different subject. This artist paints Lego.. I paint vintage toys as well as Lego, space hoppers, old skates, rubber ducks, space guns, old fisher price figures, potato head figures, old toy cars, vintage wind up toys, children's building blocks, old toy farm animals and images from comics like Dandy & Beano, old magazines like Woman's Own and She magazine, even new stuff now like Moshi monsters; all of which I own . I sell my figurative work all over the Uk and certainly do not feel the need to steal another artists work. This other artists work has much more life and motion in them compared to mine as mine are taken from photos that I take with the toy in front of me. His seem to be images taken from the Internet, or other sources. I also make my own up figures up, like my personalised wedding ones (again i am not the only artist who does this ) horror ones.. or football team ones. I mix and match my toys and also paint 2 or 3 figures together on the same canvas. I have often seen artists that use a very similar style and colour palette. Emma Holliday & Anthony Marshall, both NE artists, both in the Biscuit factory .. Use the same colour palette, the same style of painting and often the very same subject. You can not help to see the similarity in the style. Bryan Hible paints monopoly board compositions in a realist style along with Melanie Macdonald, Darren Maurer &Steve Mills. If you put there paintings together you would think they were by the same person. Sue Mofitt's cow paintings are very similar in palette & style , often almost identical except for a different background colour or slightly looser style with three or 4 other artists.. Jackie spurrier, James Bartholemew, and lizzie Hall. K. henderson's realist sweet paintings could easily have been done by tjalf Sparney or Roberto Bernardi.

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  9. Oh well that wraps that up nicely then doesn't it? Other people have similar works, so that is fine! Funny how she seems to have a similar use of phrase in her bio's as James too, when language is such a vast medium of communication.

    Paint is applied both figuratively and abstractly
    Bio of James Paterson - Gallerina website

    Paint is applied both figuratively and abstractly
    Deborah Cauchi - Website


    Allowing an old found badly mass produced advertisement the same attention and detail as a ‘work of fine art’…
    James Paterson - Book - Ex post facto

    By using simple images of toys, items that can no way be viewed as precious or valuable and allowing them the same attention and detail as a “work of fine art”
    Deborah Cauchi - Website


    It is this unashamed nostalgia that changes act of recreation from merely an academic exercise.
    James Paterson - Book - Ex post facto

    I allow the viewer the opportunity to wallow in unashamed nostalgia….
    Deborah Cauchi - Website


    With regards to the gallery phoning, they rang the phone number which was on your website at that time & left a voice message.

    I think you were also insinuating that James paints mainly from standard photos!!! I can assure you we own the old magazines, bottle tops, knitting patterns, telephones & of course a huge collection of Lego too (mostly from the 70's & 80's apart from the newer ones which we have indeed bought!) with except to the items which customers themselves supply to have painted!
    I can photograph these items in our home if you wish me to prove it? He has also bought imagery from stock sources to paint figures & models.

    I must apologise to the owner of this blog for this being such a horrid topic on here, but I'm afraid I felt this matter shouldn't be ignored.

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  10. As the owner of this blog I want to say that I think both artists are extremely talented and I think it's great that the North East can showcase both sets of work.

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  11. Two great artists and a heated debate! Brilliant blog, and glad to be unexpectedly introduced to the work of James Patterson as well.

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  12. We have recently purchased two brilliant paintings of lego super hero characters from Deborah Cauchi. When my partner first visited Deborah's art studio he was overwhelmed to the talent shown and loved the "super hero" theme and came home to show me Deborah's work on her website. Like my partner i was also very impressed and loved the work and was happy with our purchase as a present for our sons. My partner has also met Deborah and has visited her studio/shop and has said what a lovely, genuine and talented women Deborah is. We are thinking of purchasing more paintings and whilst browsing through the web i came across this blog. In response to James Paterson wife.....or is it his mother??....i personally think calling Deborah a "horrid women with no talent" and basically accusing Deborah of copying James's work unbelievably rude. We have viewed James's website and although there are paintings of lego characters the similiarities stop there, they are both very talented in there own right.

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