Artist Danny Howes has a remarkable ability to communicate emotion and atmosphere. In this new series of paintings, to be unveiled at Reuben Colley Fine Art in September, he captures traders in the wholesale market going about their daily lives.
2017 marks the end of an era for the Birmingham wholesale market. After more than 40 years in Pershore Street, the market is set to move to a purpose-built facility in Witton. The current site may be down-at-heel, but a market is all about people. Danny Howes portrays the traders and their customers at work and at rest, haggling over a deal, queuing for a sandwich in the café or sharing a joke among the boxes of vegetables.
The physical structures of the wholesale market will soon cease to exist, and the trading community faces massive change. These paintings celebrate the strength of that community, and the workplace in which relationships have been forged and deals done over the last four decades.
About Danny Howes
Danny Howes spent his childhood in the North West and in the Midlands, and studied fine art at De Montfort University and the University of Granada. He sees himself as a story teller, and his powerful paintings of the human figure are much sought after by collectors. He has fulfilled numerous commissions. He now lives and works in Birmingham and draws constant inspiration from the diverse population of the city.
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