Exhibition opening

Well my exhibition at Creation Fine Arts in Beverley opened yesterday and I spent a lovely afternoon meeting new people and chatting to Nigel about his lovely gallery space.

Exhibition is on until 9 May so do try and go and see it, if only to see the fabulous gallery space.

Isolation at Creation Fine Arts, Beverley until 9 May 2015.

Isolation at Creation Fine Arts, Beverley

I know I’ve been a bit quiet on the art front recently but that is all soon to change as my first exhibition of the year launches on 26 March at Creation Fine Arts.  The exhibition will be running until 10 May 2015 and if you fancy meeting up and having a chat with me I’ll be at the gallery from 1 pm on Saturday 28th March.  Do come along if you can.

Further information about the gallery and how to get there can be found on their website:


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The gallery is open from Wednesday through to Saturday, from 10 am until 5.30 pm.

This Skeptic Aisle

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This Skeptic Aisle by Nick Allen

This dredged channel, this barren avenue

This ravaged course, this blasted thoroughfare

This bleak and concrete way

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Our shade against the heat of summer

Our cover from the sudden storm

Arboreal elegance swapped

For rough-patched holes in the ground

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This bleak dyspeptic signage

This road to a clean artistic mill

All polished stone, flooding light and Hockneyed brilliance

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No blossom, no helicopters, no nuts or conkers

No more safe haven for butterfly or birdlife

What talk now of the enrichment of Bradford’s jewel.

This vandalised village, this home, this heritage, this Saltaire.

New prints

So I may have mentioned a few times that Zack from TOGS has been on at me to have some of my work reproduced as much larger prints.  I wasn’t convinced that they could work at a larger size and so waited until I had a number of new images that I wanted to consider as limited edition print runs and just sent these off to the printers with the idea of just having the odd one produced to “see how they looked.”

Now they are never anywhere near the size of the originals but I’ve got to admit Zack was right and they do look fabulous and work really well.  I’ve only had one of each of these printed for now but they will be a print run of 99 and are twice the size of my usual prints.

Really keen to get these off to Artworks in Otley for framing ready for the TOGS new show this Saturday 29 November.

God’s Own 10 (60 x 40 cm), Mickleden Valley (30 x 60 cm), Top Withens (40 x 60 cm) framed limited edition girl prints available from The Old Grammar School Gallery, Otley, from 29 November 2014. 

Research… well sort of!

Every year in late October, early November I take a week off work and painting to spend some time exploring and gathering images for future paintings.  This year we returned to Ambleside which is a favourite haunt and we were so very lucky with the weather.

Lots of images captured to keep me painting for the next 12 months but the biggest bonus for was to be able to complete the Fairfield round.  This is a walk we attempted four years ago when we woke up to snowfall, blue skies and the temptation of tramping in crisp, fresh snow… that day we only got as far as Great Rigg before a snow storm meant we had to turn back.

We’ve done it now and although the sun was a bit too bright for really good photos, I did get enough images to keep me going.  Downside though was my trusty walking boots bit the dust… so not happy about that!

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