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Exchange Explored


  • Royal Exchange Theatre St Ann's Square, Manchester M2 7DH United Kingdom (map)
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An exhibition of digital art and photography by Eamonn Murphy, celebrating Manchester’s iconic Royal Exchange Theatre. View Collection

The exhibition will run from 31 May until 5 July 2019, accessible during Royal Exchange Theatre opening Times.

Now extended to 31 August 2019.

About Exchange Explored

Exchange Explored a collection of affordable, original digital vector artworks and photomontages that celebrate Manchester’s iconic Royal Exchange Theatre.

As we go about our daily lives, it is easy to begin to take this architectural treasure for granted. This collection prompts you to pause for reflection, and consider how lucky you are to be able to experience such a beautiful building.

By isolating the exterior of the building from its surroundings I create a sharp focus on the shape, colour and details that define the building. I have also isolated key elements of the interior to accentuate the wonderful juxtaposition of the classical and the contemporary, the steel and the stone, the old and the new. A delightful clash of colours, styles and materials.

The vector artwork is produced in a fresh, unfussy, contemporary style, combining the precision of technical illustration, the form and depth of architectural visualisation and the emotional expression of photographic images, with bold, sweeping strokes.

I have sought to capture the essence of the building, through varying degrees of abstraction, whilst retaining its defining characteristics.

The geometry of the building is described in as few lines as possible, using vivid colouring and subtle gradients to accentuate the forms and their response to light.

The photomontages make use of original photographic images combined in rich, layered compositions that reflect the overall mood of the interior space, through the colours, shapes, lines, textures and signs to be found.

About Eamonn Murphy

Eamonn has become widely recognised for an outstanding ability to express the inherent beauty of architectural structures in bold, graphic statements.

With a passionate interest in the built environment, he takes inspiration from the amazing ingenuity that is often involved in the creation of these structures.

He exhibits regularly and creates works of art for general sale, personal collections and private commissions using a wide range of materials and techniques, from traditional watercolours and acrylics to digitally-created images applied to various surfaces.

After a foundation in fine art, he specialised in graphic design and has forged a successful career in this field as an independent practitioner.

Early on in his career he became fascinated by the emergence of the personal computer and decided to concentrate his activity on exploring the potential this new technology possessed to revolutionise the way organisations and people communicate.

This fascination underpins his particular focus on the creation of original, digital works of art. He constantly seeks to make effective use of new technologies, exploring how best they can be applied in the artistic process.

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