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Peter Brook RBA The Pennine Landscape painter
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The Smithy has been an official Peter Brook dealer since 2004. Here at The Smithy we are also big fans and collectors ourselves of his work. Sadly Peter passed away in 2009 but he has left us with a rich and amazing body of work. Peter was known as The Pennine landscape painter but he is more than that, his pictures are full of atmosphere and his Yorkshire humour he will be sadly missed.
You can read more about Peter and the people who influenced him, like Hannah Hauxwell, you can view and buy his full range of prints online.
Jack Morris was born in Huddersfield in 1946, a typical Yorkshire man, full of humour and modesty. He paints using house emulsion paint acrylic paint and ink, which gives his paintings a simplicity with wonderful colours.
Why emulsion paint? With money tight, Audrey would not let Jack buy frivolous fancy things like proper paint so Jack used old tins of emulsion and gloss paint, back then the colours were drab and dull, but he enjoyed the painting, nowadays the range of colours is limitless and now i can afford fancy paint I choose not to.
Christina Harris ‘Sheep Art’
In my work I use paint to create the depth of fleece found in many breeds of sheep, whilst the simplicity of a predominately white background emphasises the loneliness of the winter landscape we once knew. Christina has been painting for as long as she can remember, but it is only recently that her work has been available to the public. her favorite subject is Yorkshire, having completed themed projects including barns, bridges and bits of Yorkshire.In this collection, she has returned to a well loved subject – Sheep In Snow. Christina has used paint to great effect to create a depth of fleece found in many breeds of sheep, whilst the simplicity of a white background emphasisies the lonely, uncompromising moods of the British winter.
Nolon Stacey ‘Pencil Artist’
Nolon’s detailed work begins life as a rough sketch which is then fine tuned to a detailed line drawing. Nolon then utilises a number of techniques ranging from graphite being loosely applied with tissue, to meticulous detail being applied with 5mm mechanical pencils. Nolon’s main aim is to impart life and character into his subjects, rather than simply produce a detailed study.
Individual sculptures are cast in bronzed resin. They are derived from her original designs made in clay and thus retain the tactile nature and textural quality of the initial work. Each creation displays spontaneity in concept and her empathy with the subject. The range includes domestic pets, sheep, equine & wildlife and can be viewed and purchased at our Gallery In Kettlewell or alternatively, they can be purchased through our on-line gallery.
Keith Melling was born in Colne, Lancashire in 1946 and has been drawing and painting from an early age. Largely self taught, he had his first exhibition in 1966, before studying at Burnley School of Art and the Harris College, Preston.
Oil paint is his favourite medium, which he makes in the studio, using traditional methods. He also enjoys gouache, watercolour, wood engraving and etching.
Keith Melling is known for his Yorkshire Dales and Lake District paintings
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I was born in Harrogate in the 1960′s and raised on a small family run farm at Menwith Hill, Nidderdale. This afforded me a freedom and understanding of the countryside, which looking back made me very privileged. My Grandfather was the last farmer in Nidderdale to go mechanised and stop using horsepower. He clung onto the ‘old ways’ as long as he could. Today we call his way of farming organic.
When I was at junior school at the end of the summer term we used to go on a nature walk by the river Nidd which ran through the village. We used to pick as many wild flowers as we could and once back in the classroom we drew the flowers. I used to love drawing the flowers and colouring them in, this is my earliest memory of enjoying art. The Smithy stocks the full range of sandra parker prints including Limited and open edition.
Andrea Hunter ‘Felt Artist’
After graduating from Leeds University Andrea returned home to the Dales to work as a professional artist. She worked predominantly in Charcoal and pastel for several years, before her interest in textiles uncovered a real love for felt making.
Andrea tries to create depth, subtlety, texture and a real feeling of movement in her felt pictures. These qualities are born from a technique of working with fine layers of wool as if it were paint. It is this technique and a strong illustrative dimension, which makes her work distinctly different from traditional felt art work.