‘Sweet Screamz’ are made of these

A talented Coleraine artist’s stunning exhibition with a nightmarish twist opens in Portrush this week.

Marty Rice’s solo exhibition is called Sweet Screamz and is based around childrens dreams and nightmares.

The collection will be launched at the Arcadia on Friday evening and runs until August 31.

Marty explains: “The pieces range from the funny and quirky to surreal and unsettleing, but the motto is the kids always win.

“It launches in the Arcadia Building, Portrush on Friday, July 29 at 7pm there will be dream enhancing food and drink served up by The Pieman (the main man from The Icehouse) and there will be a jazz DJ set from this years’ winner of the Corona DJ competition Bobby Analog.

“The show runs until the end of August and already has lots of people talking.”

Marty, who in the past exhibited alongside Tracey Emin and Damian Hurst for a Tsunami Appeal project in Belfast, spoke about his artistic background.

“I was originaly a graffiti artist, a stylistic trait which is still evident in my work.

“During this period my work was mainly studies of graffiti styles, landscapes and Volkswagen Camper Vans.

“My Foundation in Art was achieved at Limavady College of Further Education and I studied at Belfast Art College where I gained a BA/Hons in Fine Art and Painting.

Marty explained: “My work has now taken a change in direction and mainly features children caught in a candid way, getting on with their everyday lives.

“I feel that my style is perfectly suited to the way a child lives with no responabilities, worries or stress.

“I unite a use of vivid colour to my own individual style and my current work reflects children’s dreams and nightmares which range from the surreal and unsettling to the quirky and funny.”

Get along to Marty’s exhibition which begins on Friday and runs the whole month of August.