HG4 exhibition is causing a stir

HG4 Gallery owner Julie McCarthy with some of the work by Tim Frankland.  (120921M8)
HG4 Gallery owner Julie McCarthy with some of the work by Tim Frankland. (120921M8)

A new gallery in Ripon is making its mark on the city with a controversial exhibition displaying irreverent religious imagery and nudity.

HG4 Gallery, on High Skellgate, is hosting a new exhibition by local artist Tim Frankland called The Chapel of Five Alters.

The exhibition features paintings of saints – inspired by Tim’s tour of churches and cathedrals around the country – replaced by 1950s fashionable figures with bouffant hair and A-line skirts.

“Ripon is a great place to show something like this,” said Tom. “My vision is to display the paintings in Ripon Cathedral.”

HG4’s owner, Julie McCarthy, 46, said: “It’s allegorical, bizarre and unusual. We’ve had a really mixed reaction.”

Tim based his exhibition on the life of his late cousin, Christine Hallam, who never married or had children.

At her funeral, the priest told friends and family that her life had not meant much.

“I decided that she wouldn’t be forgotten,” said Tim. “I decided to immortalise her through my work because she lived a very grim life.”

Tim, who joked that he would like visitors to pray in front of his pictures, found his artistic vision for The Chapel of Five Alters from studying pop art at college and wandering around medieval architecture in Bruge.

“I wanted to create something that was like being inside a time warp,” he said.

“I have a habit of just wrapping my pictures in bubble-wrap and putting them in the attic so it’s great that people can see them and it’s great to relate to people. I have always been interested in people’s lives. I wanted to show that we’re all saints.”

The Chapel of Five Alters is open until Saturday, October 27.