New York Times: An Exhibition by George Cheyne
The metropolis of New York City is an ever changing place. A boiling pot of humanity crammed into an urban sprawl. The photographs and painting in this exhibition represent a snapshot of Manhattan in the mid eighties when there was a genuine sense of excitement and danger about the place. The city had teeth and it could bite you if you didn't watch your back.
Whilst studying drawing and painting at Gray's school of art in the 80s, George joined an indie post punk band called apb. Initially the band only performed in Aberdeen but incredibly in 1982 the band was invited on the first of 12 trips across the Atlantic to perform in New York City. The city of New York remains an inspiration and the photographs and paintings from this exhibition represent a snapshot of Manhattan in the mid 80s.
Hailing from Methlick, Aberdeenshire, George always found the architecture and the conglomeration of people in New York to be exhilarating. Each trip with the band was an opportunity to explore the streets and avenues, feverishly gathering photographic reference material which was later used as source material for his paintings. "Living in New York was like existing in a movie set and at the back of my mind I hoped that the movie would never end."