Throughout Percy Kelly’s life, his extraordinary talent for drawing was noticed – not least by the likes of Sir Winston Churchill and Princess Margaret – but he often rebuffed the advances of many a renowned gallery to exhibit his work. That makes it all the more remarkable that you can actually get your hands on this etching in his hometown of Workington.
Propellors, Workington Docks etching, £306 (framed) Percy Kelly at Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth www.castlegatehouse.co.uk
One of the founding members of Northern Potters, artist and ceramicist Alan Ball has a long history of making art in the region, and his smoke-decorated sculptures and unique pots and bowls are an exquisite way to bring exceptional artistry into the everyday.
Tall Slim Jar, £280, Alan Ball at The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle www.thebiscuitfactory.com
This one’s perfect for all the motor maniacs out there. Captured at the prestigious Classic Car Club in Manhattan, Chris Lazenby perfectly evokes all the timeless sophistication and mystique of the Porsche 550 Spyder, as it waits patiently to be taken out for a spin.
NYC, Classic Car Club Manhattan, starting from £75 (depending on size) Lazenby Visuals, Helmsley www.lazenbyvisuals.com
This adorable ceramic ‘doodle’ by Whickham-based artist Anna Johnson has been fired, glazed and mounted onto canvas by hand to create a totally authentic and original piece of art that would provide the perfect combination of playfulness and artistry in your home.
Elephant Doodle ceramic on canvas, £20 Anna Johnson at North East Art Collective www.northeastartcollective.co.uk
Over the years, Mark Edwards has illustrated literally hundreds of books covers – for authors including Kingsley Amis, Michael Morpurgo and even the bard himself, William Shakespeare – but it’s his fine art drawings that we adore, which display just why he is renowned as a modern master of British surrealism.
The Dreamers original drawing, £695 Mark Edwards at The Bakehouse Gallery, Alnwick www.thebakehousegallery.com
American photojournalist Eve Arnold was known for her candid images that provided glimpses of the intimate moments of celebrities on movie sets, and none more so than Marilyn Monroe. This remains one of her most iconic and celebrated images of the superstar, and it’s your last chance to make it yours – it’s not getting another run.
Marilyn Monroe signed silver gelatin print, £4,500 Eve Arnold at Post Fine Art, Tadcaster www.postfineart.co.uk
Bring some monochromatic flair into your interiors with this fabulous dining chair from Philippe Starck – a powerful and dynamic tribute to the three symbolic Masters Chairs by Arne Jacobsen, Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames, interwoven into a sinuous hybrid and made to feel sensuously velvety to the touch.
Kartell Masters Dining Chair, £168 Philippe Starck at Barker and Stonehouse, branches regionwide www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk
We adore this monochrome print by local printmaker John Grey, who uses an aquatint etching process to produce hand-printed creations inspired by the landscape and architecture of the North East. This depiction of the Tyne Bridge beautifully captures the nostalgia of the region’s ship-building heritage, while retaining a timeless sophistication.
Tyne Evening original hand-printed etching, £75 John Grey at Robinson-Gay Gallery, Hexham www.robinsongay.co.uk
Held in place simply by the tension in the ribbon of steam-bent wood, this sumptuous twist mirror by Cumbrian creative Beatrix Baker is both simple and striking – promising to be a statement piece for any room in the house.
Twist Mirror, £65 Beatrix Baker at Design Event Store, Newcastle www.design-event.co.uk