Monday, 13 March 2017

Victoria Baths

Over the last few months, I have been working on a new project for the amazing Victoria baths in Manchester, a restoration project to get the Baths back to their former glory, built in 1906 and in use upto the early 1990's ,threatened with demolition after they fell in to dis-repair ,they were eventually saved by the  BBC Restoration programme Vote and volunteers/ friends of the Baths,  who are still involved today.
My mugs are based on an image I produced, and are available in the gift shop for £8, all sales are put back into the project.
I have also produced a map, a birds eye view of the interior of the Baths,  this will be available as a large postcard.
If you get the chance to visit, you won't be disappointed, a gem just outside the city centre.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Picture Stockport 2017

I have been fortunate to be asked to take part in this new venture around Stockport.
I'm always happy to be involved with anything that brings Stockport to life.
My 'Crowd at County ' painting was chosen and can be viewed in the undercover area of Merseyway.
Looking great on a banner to promote the event too.
Apologies for some of the pics, very tricky with the lights and reflections, i got round some of the trail at the weekend, will try and do the rest when i get the chance.
Details on how to vote are available either by filling in a form at certain venues or online.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Stockport County mug

Just taken delivery of a few mugs for Christmas.  My Stockport County image ' The Crowd at County ' is available as a print, card and now a mug .Iced mince pie not included.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Victoria Baths

Over the last few weeks I have been working on a little project for Victoria baths in Manchester.
Still got a lot of work to do, but  I have been inspired by this fantastic building built over 100 years ago and now an on going renovation project.
The fantastic architecture of the building surrounded by more recent housing is such a contrast,  stepping inside is a treat for your eyes, the stained glass windows and fantastic green tiles amongst other interior delights.
This is my first image of the exterior with a few inspired paintings from one of my favourite eras of art and design.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

2017 Calendar

Well ,it's been a busy few weeks, getting stock together for the Autumn and Christmas markets.
My latest addition to my collection is my 2017 Calendar.
This features 12 of my Stockport images and is available direct from me, or at Staircase house in Stockport.
I will be at Stockport town hall on Sat 29th Oct , Victoria Baths 6th November, Bramhall village 26th November and back to the Town Hall on 5th Dec.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Stockport Art Gallery

I have had a very busy time with a few things going on over the last couple of months.
My Bramall paintings have been on show in Stockport art gallery , then my Bramall Window spent the day at the Hall on 11th Sept for the community takeover day, the cards have been a great seller in the new shop, which has been a great success since it opened in July.
 Until November 10th I have a very small canvas on display in the art link at Stockport War Memorial Art gallery along with over 400 other images for the Turners and Loxley art challenge exhibition (closed Mondays).
This is my entry, inspired by my recent painting of the fairground.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Bramall Hall

Over the last 6 months i have been busy working on some images of Bramall Hall in Stockport.
The hall has just undergone a £2 million pound restoration and is due to reopen next weekend after being closed for nearly 2 years.
Its been a go to place for me since i was little, with my parents and 5 siblings, living only a short distance away, we would frequently head to the park for an adventure.
History has repeated itself and i have spent many happy days there with my own children.
Taking on a whole new contemporary painting of a black and white Tudor mansion was slightly challenging, i wasn't sure how it would work with my style of painting.
I have to say i'm delighted with how it has turned out.
This image will be on sale in the new shop at the hall as a signed  Framed print, unframed print and greetings card.

My other painting reflects all the hidden images that are in and around the hall.
My inspiration was the fantastic stained glass windows that have been carefully restored .
You will see the strange animals that are in the wall paintings in the ballroom/solar, also peculiar faces carved in the wooden beams in the ballroom ceiling.
The Tudor rose and the family crest among others.
 Both of these paintings are available to view at Stockport Art Gallery from Jul 24th to Sept 3rd 2016.