Everyone loves to dance and with the massive popularity of Strictly Come Dancing, the quest to enjoy the passion and flair of dance is everywhere.
When it comes to art the dancer has been portrayed by many artists from Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec who’s paintings of the Moulin Rouge went on to be used in many famous promotional posters.
Dance and artists have always been closely linked even in Wigan
Few many associate Wigan in the North West of England with dance, more flat caps, pies and rugby league, and although Rugby League players can be fleet of foot, they wouldn’t every be mistaken for dancers. However Wigan has probably played host to more hardcore dancers than many other towns in the UK, not Latin American dance, sequence of line dancing but Northern Soul dancing.
Wigan as many know was the beating heart of Northern Soul for many years and still to this day is a name synonymous with the music genre. The dancers who frequented Wigan Casino, performed acrobatic back flips, mesmeric spins and had a sense of rhythm that would put many people to shame.
It’s these legendary moves that inspired local Wigan artist David Barrow to capture the spirit of the movement in art, with not one, but over 40 paintings.
From monochrome line art to detailed moody scenes, David Barrow works hard to capture the atmosphere of not just the dancers but the entire ambience of a music scene.
Take a look at some of these superb piece of dance art by visiting the David Barrow website