A-Road Petrol Stations at Night

20 Aug -
18 Oct 2014

Off Site

Launch event: Wednesday 20 August, 6-8pm

aspex & Portsmouth Guildhall are delighted to welcome Portsmouth based Andrew Paul Hayward to our aspex Guildhall gallery space, with a series of newly commissioned photographs. This follows a successful inaugural exhibition from illustrator Jonny Hannah.

Clive Caswell, Curator at aspex, said: “The exceptional quality of Andrew’s work drew me towards it at the University of Portsmouth degree show in 2012. We are now thrilled to be able to support him at this stage of his career to with a solo exhibition at our Guildhall space”.

‘A-Road Petrol Stations at Night’ documents the non-place of the A-Road Service Station. It focuses specifically on those sites out of town which emerge from the darkness, giving the weary traveller somewhere to rest, feel safe, refuel themselves and their car before continuing with their journey.

Andrew’s inspiration for this project was ignited on a family holiday to Devon, where a lot of travelling through the darkness was broken up by the safe haven and goods these petrol stations have to offer. Embarking on this project he was influenced by the work of American artist Ed Rushca, who photographed petrol stations along Route 66 during the mid 20th Century.

Andrew has spent his entire life living in Portsmouth, studying photography at the city’s university where he found an even deeper love for traditional methods of photography with colour and black and white film. More specifically he works with large format 5 x 4” film and sometimes 10 x 8” finding it important to use increasingly niche and finite materials for creating his work.

Join us on Wednesday 20 August from 6-8pm, where we will be officially opening the new exhibition at Portsmouth Guildhall. The exhibition will then run until 19 October, open from Monday to Friday – 9am – 6pm, Saturday – 10am – 4pm.

In addition, Andrew will also be giving away ten special edition reproduction prints as part of “Free Art Friday” on 15 August, which will be hidden around Portsmouth and Southsea for the public to find. Visit Andrew’s website at www.andrewpaulhayward.com to find out more.

All images courtesy of Andrew Paul Hayward.

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  • Ian Birrell

    Reminds me of Edward Hopper- except of course Ed didn’t leave enough space for a car to draw up to the pumps!