Josie Jenkins and Brendan Lyons are artists and co-founders of Refractive Pool. They live and work in Liverpool and both have exhibited widely across the UK. They are co-curators of the exhibition Refractive Pool: Contemporary Painting in Liverpool at The Walker Art Gallery in 2022.
Paul Farley is a Liverpool-born poet. His most recent collection The Mizzy was published by Picador in 2019.
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In 2020 we launched a crowdfunding campaign to produce a Refractive Pool book, which was supported by over 100 backers. The aim of the campaign was to produce a book that not only acts as a snapshot and lasting document of Liverpool’s current community of artists, but was also an exciting creative collaboration between the different disciplines of painting, photography and poetry. As artists ourselves we are passionate about sharing the vibrant art scene in the city with a wider audience; revealing what a diverse group of people these artists are and equally, just how varied and wide ranging their output is, while still remaining under the umbrella heading of contemporary painting.
We worked with almost 40 artists to produce this dynamic and creatively executed book, showcasing Liverpool based artists who make painting a significant part of their artistic practice. The book presents a diverse range of artists at different career points, who are working in and around Liverpool at this moment. Each artist produced a new painting for the book, which was combined with a photographic portrait of themselves using an innovative technique to produce a single image that represents them and their work in a unique way. The content of the publication is heavily image based, putting an emphasis on the visual, but also includes a new text by Liverpool born poet Paul Farley. writing on the dual subjects of painting and Liverpool. Paul’s writing, produced exclusively for Refractive Pool adds a new chapter to the catalogue of works by this award winning writer.
With this book we aim to raise the profile of the city’s contemporary painters, raising public awareness of the breadth of painting practice taking place in Liverpool. This book is the visual record and legacy that has been missing from the recent history of the area and the ‘go to’ document for anyone looking to explore the artistic fabric of the city.
We would like to thank everyone who supported the Refractive Pool book through our Kickstarter campaign.
Artists included in the Refractive Pool Book are:
Joana De Oliveira Guerreiro
Louis Jeck Prestidge
The Singh Twins