Morson Group CEO Ged Mason has been presented with a specially commissioned painting to mark 30 years with the company.
The piece, Salford Ship Canal, by acclaimed artist Tim Garner, was presented to Mason on 27 February at the Morson Group head office in Salford.
Marc Parry of ARTZU Gallery spoke to Garner to find out about the inspiration and process behind its creation:
“Garner is no stranger to the ever changing topography of Manchester and Salford. He has been documenting the local landscape for many years in paint, but a commissioned piece often requires a different approach from an artist. Garner has spent years developing and nurturing his individual style and the results can be seen in his work. As with most commissioned pieces the challenge is finding an approach that maintains the style and ethos of an artist’s work but which will also be relevant and personal to the client.
The harsh industrial vista surrounding Centenary Way is not perhaps an obvious choice for a landscape painting but it is something that Garner turned to his advantage when deciding how he was going to compose the piece.
He told Marc: “When I found a viewpoint of the building from the bridge, I could see how industry has shaped the surroundings. I decided that rather than ignore this I would celebrate the industrial heritage and expand the subject matter of the painting to show not just the achievements of the building and its business but also its influence on the area as a whole.”
When it came to the creative process Garner complemented the industrial landscape using hard light that ties both the sky and river to the building. This resulted in an epic sweeping view that shows Adamson House proudly standing as a testament to the business and the influence it has on the riverside.
Garner is very much an intuitive painter so he’s not afraid to bring out the truth and ‘guts’ of his subject matter. Although the results are spectacular, putting that much emotion into his art can be demanding. He was therefore happy that the finished piece fulfilled both his hopes and those of Morson’s CEO Ged Mason. He’s delighted that his art will be seen and admired for many years to come.
He says: “When I paint it’s very much a sensual experience for me. It can be frustrating when it doesn’t work especially when creating something that will be so personal to the recipient. When my art does work, does flow, I really start to feel a piece flying and ‘Salford Ship Canal’ was no exception, I’m really happy that I was able to embrace both the brutality and beauty of the scene, maintaining the truth of the environment but also celebrating the industrial heritage on show””