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Manchester Local Artists (90)

“John Hurt”

"Keith Richards"  painting by Manchester artist, Gerard Highland
“Keith Richards”

“Miles Davis”

“Poppy Theme in Reds & Gold”

"Vela" a painting by Gerard Highland, Manchester artist

Gerard Highland

Gerard Highland
The Artist

Born in Salford in 1950, educated at Bolton
University and the University of Salford, studying Art and Design,
and later Graphics Design.

Working mostly in acrylics on canvas, graphite,
photography, digital illustration and more recently fused glass.
His painting is mostly abstract, building textures and overlaying
with acrylics and metallics. The tendency is towards the clean
and bright using subtly blended colours to create a vivid, striking
and very often highly glossed image.

Of his work, Gerard says:

“My drawings by contrast are
of a more photographic nature, finely worked and detailed,
echoing the realism of the subject matter, which is usually

Gerard began working digitally after completing
his honours degree in 2000, and worked as a Graphic Designer
and Illustrator for a communications company. He worked on mobile
phone games, wallpapers and corporate design, also undertaking
all traditional and digital illustration work.

Much of his own photographic work was used
as illustrative content, montaged to create a more direct means
of communication and focal point to the often in depth and complex

For the last three years Gerard has been
working in glass fusion, designing and creating abstract glass
wall hangings with a dynamic and three dimensional aspect. All
work being hand-made to order using pigmented ground glass and
metals, fused for over 24 hours at over 800 degrees centigrade.

His fused glass portfolio consists of over
70 designs which have been sold nationally through many outlets,
retail and commission based.

His artistic interests are diverse; from
the children’s book illustrators Edmund Dulac and Arthur Rackham,
contemporary painters Jenny Saville, Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud
and multimedia artist H.R.Giger, among many others.

Gerard is strongly influenced by the work
of contemporary artistic photography, composing images spontaneously
through the confines of a viewfinder leads to some amazing images,
even more so when using the manipulation and enhancement techniques
available through various computer packages.

The learning of new techniques and continual
personal development is important to Gerard; the movement of
ideas from one discipline to another, exploring and enhancing
images through various media has become central to his way of

Contact by email at:

or by telephone on: 0161-736 7183.

If you are, or know of
any local artists (painters, photographers, potters, sculptors,
etc) located or based in and around Manchester please let us know,
and if appropriate, we’ll try to include them. Contact us directly
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