The recent weather might not scream seaside holiday, but the Harrison Lord Gallery’s latest art exhibition embraces a love for English coastal scenes. ‘In the Harbour’ is a culmination of work from five different artists, from impressionistic seascapes to quaint cottages and bobbing boats there should be something for everyone.
One of the artists headlining the exhibition is Sue Nichol, a Sheffield based artist invariably drawn to the East Yorkshire Coast;
“I love Staithes, the people, the houses huddled together against the elements, the cobles that bob around in the harbour and beck, their swollen bellies present a comforting appeal that must be reassuring when out at sea, a bit womb like. They are a challenge to draw and paint but one that I never tire of. I find constant inspiration in the sea in all its moods and it is a subject to which I am drawn, striving always to capture its movement and strength, which I find both fascinating and frightening.”
Nichol’s current selection of work is no exception, the artist is submitting upwards of 15 new original paintings for the exhibition – which opens on Saturday 20th April – all of which encompass her passion for the coast and its heritage;
“My latest work reflects this love, through an exploration of the work of fishermen along the North East coast from Filey to Boulmer. Cobles are the fishing boat of choice and I have been able to get some interesting compositions of fishermen going about their daily work. For the first time I have included a painting of a trawler at sea. I was able to do this because Gloria Wilson, author and artist, kindly gave me permission to use one of her great photos from her book, Kindly Folk and Bonny Boats. Alongside these works will be new seascapes and Staithes cottages. I am very excited to be given the opportunity to show this new work that reflects our fishing heritage and love of the coast, in the forthcoming exhibition at The Harrison Lord Gallery.”
Other artists featured in the exhibition include Anne Aspinall, a self confessed colourist whose work is found in collections in Europe, the United States and Australia, Nola McGaul, Emily Mugridge and North Yorkshire based Sheila Venamore.
The exhibition opens on Saturday 20th April will run for three weeks and is free to enter. For more information call the Harrison Lord Gallery on 01484 722462 or visit the website www.harrisonlord.co.uk