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Chorlton Gallery to celebrate 30 years of Stanley Chow’s wonderful work

Showcasing Stanley Chow's personally curated collection of iconic actors from stage, film, and television, this special event is a must-see for fans of his work.
Stanley Chow

Renowned illustrator Stanley Chow is set to captivate art enthusiasts with a unique exhibition at The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre in Chorlton.

Showcasing his personally curated collection of iconic actors from stage, film, and television, this special event is a must-see for fans and art lovers alike.

When and Where

The exhibition is scheduled to run from Thursday, 15th February, to Thursday, 30th May 2024, at The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre, located at Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 9JG.

A Glimpse into Stanley Chow’s World

With a career spanning nearly thirty years, Stanley Chow has become a household name in the art world.

Best known for his distinctive portraiture of pop stars, actors, sports personalities, and celebrities, Chow’s work has left an indelible mark on Manchester’s art scene.

A Focus on Film, Stage, and Television

For the first time, Stanley Chow is directing his artistic lens towards a collection centred around the world of film, stage, and television.

The exhibition promises a delightful exploration of his back catalogue, featuring BAFTA, Emmy, Olivier, and Academy Award winners.

Notably, the display will include the unveiling of Chow’s design of Sir Mark Rylance, making its public debut.

Meet the Patrons

Adding an extra layer of significance, the exhibition will also feature the three esteemed patrons of The Edge: Sir Mark Rylance, Julie Hesmondhalgh, and John Thomson.

Janine Waters, Artistic Director’s Excitement

Janine Waters, Artistic Director of The Edge, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “We are thrilled to have such a local legend bringing his work to The Edge, and this exhibition promises to be a very special one.”

Waters highlighted the anticipation of Stanley Chow’s unique interpretation of The Edge’s patrons and other familiar faces, calling it a privilege to host his work in the heart of Chorlton.

Exclusive Opening Night

Art enthusiasts can attend the exhibition’s opening night by applying for tickets by clicking here

Limited Edition Prints Available

For those eager to take a piece of Stanley Chow’s art home, signed and framed prints showcased at the exhibition will be available for purchase throughout its duration.

Whether you’re an avid follower of Stanley Chow’s illustrious career or a casual art admirer, this exhibition promises a rare glimpse into the world of a distinguished illustrator.

Mark your calendars and visit The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre from February 15th to May 30th, 2024, to witness this extraordinary collection.

About The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre

Situated in the heart of Chorlton, The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre provides a vibrant space for artistic expression and cultural experiences. Don’t miss the chance to explore this local hub of creativity.

About Stanley Chow

Stanley Chow was born and raised in Manchester by parents who emigrated from Hong Kong.

He started off in the city as a DJ in various nightclubs and bars and began designing posters and flyers for events, including The Roadhouse and Night & Day where some of his work adorns the walls.

While out he would spend time sketching his friends, who included Elbow frontman Guy Garvey, using simple line strokes which eventually became the defining style of his work.

Stan’s career took off when Jack and Meg White from US band, The White Stripes spotted his work and subsequently commissioned him to create artwork for their Icky Thump album, which led to a Grammy nomination in the ‘Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition’ category.

Internationally, Stan’s clients include Saatchi & Saatchi, McDonald’s, WWE and Wired magazine.

He also regularly supplies illustrations to The New Yorker magazine and as well as producing images for articles has created portraits of a number of The New Yorker’s featured contributing staff.

In 2015 Stan was commissioned by the New York Times Magazine to create their front cover.

The design featured a photograph of a metallic helium balloon depicting the face of Donald Trump floating away, which the former president referred to as ‘ridiculous!’

A lifelong Manchester United fan, Stan has a permanent football exhibition in Hotel Football, Old Trafford.

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