A logo design for Gateway Gallery. This design uses a negative space concept, with the silhouette of an artist’s brush and palette incorporated within the ‘g’ logomark.

Gateway Gallery was conceived by Martin Regan, entrepreneur and founder of Excel Publishing, the Cheshire Today News Group and Gateway Gallery. Martin was a prolific editor and journalist, whose interests spanned business, finance, chess and the arts.

Gateway Gallery was Martin’s venture to showcase his love of Modern British and Contemporary artists, including those who are grouped together under the label “The Northern School”.

Retail signage design

The gallery was based in the village of Hale, in Altrincham – one of the wealthiest areas in England outside of London. Many exhibitions of the Northern School were held here, featuring artists such as Geoffrey Key, Steve Bewsher, Steve Capper, Olga Geoghegan, Pierre Adolphe Valette and Ian Mood.

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The Gallery’s website stated: “Our aim is to serve the needs of all art lovers; from those looking for a one-off painting to serious collectors looking for investments. We believe that in investment terms the artist, subject and price all have an influence which is why we pride ourselves on the advice we are able to provide.”

“The artists we represent and sell are either nationally and internationally established or, in our view, likely to become so. We aim to offer works which are both competitively priced and the finest examples of a particular artist’s genre.”

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I also designed a cover design for Martin’s book, published in 2016, called The Northern School: A Reappraisal. The cover image is “Crowther Street, Rebuild” by Helen Clapcott. Martin was regarded as one of the leading authorities on The Northern School and his book illustrates in great depth the history and development of the art movement.

The logo was widely used across all areas of Gateway Gallery’s branding: shop signage, website and social media, book and printed promotional media. It’s uniqueness enabled it to be used at large scale on the shop sign and exhibition banners to a few millimetres tall on the book spine without loss of quality or definition.

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