Renowned watercolour artist Paul Stangroom lives, paints and teaches from his gallery in Front Street, Prudhoe. A response to the beautiful, often stark landscape of the North Pennines – from broad views of moors and fells, to more intimate snapshots glimpsed through windows in abandoned dwellings – his landscapes are evocatively scored with the scars of mining and quarrying, portraying nature’s slow reclaiming of what industry once conquered. Mostly working in watercolour for his landscapes – having won the Royal Watercolour Society Award in 2009 – Paul also paints portraits in oil.
Since opening his Front Street gallery over three years ago, Paul has worked hard to make his artistic venture a success: exhibiting with the Royal Watercolour Society in London, and at Ripon Cathedral as part of the Great North Art Show; featuring on China Radio International and participating in Prudhoe’s first Art Trail all helped Paul put his gallery on the map.
Where to buy: You can see Paul’s work for yourself at his gallery-come-B&B in Prudhoe, which is open to welcome art-lovers for a browse, and to students taking one of Paul’s art classes, or online at www.paulstangroom.co.uk
Joseph Hayton is a modern sculptor who embraces traditional techniques while using processes, practices, and even some of the tools that Donatello or Michelangelo would also have been familiar with. Taking his inspiration from the pioneers of classical sculpture – from Renaissance artists to his most contemporary peers – Joseph’s passion lies in his desire to produce as true a depiction of anatomy as possible.
Having trained with some of the UK's leading teachers of stone masonry at the prestigious Stone Sculpting College in York – during which his ability was recognised with an award from the Masonic province of Yorkshire and North East Craft Lodges – Joseph is now best known for his studies of equine anatomy and, more recently, he has started to explore human and figurative work. Beginning his studies in clay provides Joseph with the technical information he needs to work on the final stone sculpture. Fast establishing himself as one of the most exciting stone sculptors working in the UK today, with several public commissions already under his belt, we’re pretty sure Joseph’s stunning collection is only the beginning of his artistic legacy...
Award-winning artist Heather Burton specialises in palette knife work. Although her love has long lain with portraiture and figurative work – where she uses the knife to capture movement and expression – in recent years, Heather has also developed a growing passion for landscape paintings which reflect the depth and diversity of the North of England and Scotland. Heather’s distinctive, large-scale landscapes capture the ever-changing moods and atmospheres of the dramatic coastlines and countryside that surround her, providing an evocative and lasting testament to our spectacular region.
Where to buy: Visitors are welcome at Heather’s studio by appointment, or you can purchase her work online at www.heatherburtonyorkshireartist.co.uk
For mixed media artist and graphic designer John McLean Storey, art is more than a visual occupation. Tactility is essential to his work, as he continually strives to explore the shapes and textures he finds in the surfaces of both natural and manmade structures along the North East coast. From the enchanting tidal island of Lindisfarne to the abandoned mines and derelict staiths of the redundant coastal coalfields; the sand, rocks, crumbling castles, ruined churches and stone walls worn by a combination of time and relentless tides all inform the composition and texture of his work. In his mixed media creations in particular, a truly tangible effect is created through his meticulous layering of paper, cardboard and acrylic paste laid over with paint and scored with graphite and charcoal that beautifully enhances the abstract dynamism of his work. In recent years, having enjoyed a professional sojourn in northern Norway, Iceland and Svalbard (creating pictures of ice) John has merged the snowy walls of Scandinavia with the age-worn stones of Northumberland in his art, to create an entirely original perspective on the region.
Where to buy: You can view all John’s original artwork from his home studio in Leeds by appointment, or buy online at www.johnmcleanstorey.co.uk
Born and raised in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside near Berwick, Joanne Wishart is now based in Cullercoats and runs a self-publishing art, print and greetings card company with her husband, Ross. Finding inspiration from the coastal landscapes that have always surrounded her, Joanne aims to capture and celebrate happy memories of days out by the seaside in her colourful and uplifting depictions. Combining a variety of materials – including paint, textiles, maps and driftwood – using painting, printmaking, collage and stitching techniques, Joanne’s work seems to effortlessly capture the character of her subjects and boasts a real tangibility that makes their nostalgia that extra bit more potent.
Where to buy: You can find The Joanne Wishart Gallery in Cullercoats, or you can shop online at www.joannewishart.co.uk
Owner and resident artist of Penn Gallery, Gavin can’t remember a time when he didn’t draw. Finding anything and everything a potential subject matter from an early age, Gavin has always been drawn particularly to people. Although born in Scotland, Gavin moved to Northumberland at the age of 10 and the region inspired him so much that by the time it came to producing his degree show at Edinburgh College of Art, he chose to focus on North East football fans – not, perhaps, an obvious choice for a display in Scotland, but Gavin still sold almost all 40 of his paintings.
With a professional portfolio that is still, as it always has been, dominated by depictions of people, Gavin strives to convey feelings and emotion through his work, looking always to capture both the light and the shade of
Where to buy: Penn Gallery in Alnwick sells all of Gavin’s current work, or enquire about any of his pieces at www.penngallery.co.uk
Northumberland artist Alan Reed fell in love with watercolours at the age of 15 and has since exhibited throughout the UK and in the USA, Italy, Oman and Kuwait, fast becoming one of the most recognisable artists in the North East in the process. Aiming to always produce paintings that transport the viewer to the place they love or to the person they know and hold dear, Alan produces paintings which are representational but not photographic – capturing a fleeting moment in time through his unique, fluid style.
Although specialising in watercolour – having been selected twice for the Royal Watercolour Society – Alan also works in oil, charcoal, pencil, gold leaf and acrylic to capture the atmosphere of different settings – from the drama of city life to the serenity of a rural landscape, and now ships his work around the world. With a large collection of work in his Ponteland gallery which spans from the North East to the Middle East, taking in landscapes, cityscapes, architectural pieces, figurative paintings and life drawing, portraits and sporting triumphs along the way, Alan’s work almost sparkles with his technical pedigree.
Where to buy: All of Alan’s art can be purchased online at www.alanreed.com or you can visit his studio gallery in Ponteland, where you’ll be sure to be welcomed in with a brew.
Sunderland-born artist Richard Buckley has exhibited and sold his work locally, nationally and internationally for over a decade now. As a family man, children are a big source of inspiration to his latest series of work, in which he explores childhood adventures with friends, pets and favourite toys. Working mostly in oils on canvas, Richard mixes bright, playful colours to create vibrant and nostalgically heartwarming scenes of joyful innocence.
Where to buy: Richard’s art is currently displayed in galleries across the UK, with the North East galleries selling his work including Grays Gallery in Sunderland, the North East Art Collective in Newcastle and The Picture Framer and More in South Shields. Or you can buy online at www.richardbuckley.co.uk
Flowers promise to be a source of everlasting inspiration to freelance artist and designer Victoria, who specialises in the design and creation of distinctive floral designs made from a 'tissue paper collage' technique. With a fascination for colour, Victoria enjoys the experimental processes involved in her style of working – tearing, cutting, layering and manipulating shapes to create vibrant and beautiful images, and mixing the colours of tissue paper like paint to create texture and depth. Having previously created designs for Tigerprint and Hallmark cards and gift-wrap, Victoria has also enjoyed working on projects with children in local schools and colleges, in between sourcing further inspiration from the woods near her Eggleston studio when out walking her dog. The unpredictable nature of her method of working adds a spontaneous element to each creation, making it impossible to identically recreate an original and meaning that, time and time again, the overall effect of her work is uniquely striking.
Where to buy: You can see Victoria’s stunning pieces displayed in her home studio in Eggleston (it’s worth checking her website for opening times, as these can change weekly) and her original prints and greeting cards are also available to purchase online at www.victoriabellascarter.com
Cramlington-based artist Barry Clasper allows colour to dictate the mood of his paintings, defining himself as an artist trying to capture nature's raw elements. Using loose, heavy textures to remove the eye from what is often considered the focal point of an image, Barry spurns detail in the hope that he can capture the raging power and danger of the sea: using abstract art to conjure thought and emotion from his viewers.
Having always lived along the North East coastline, in the last three years former Royal Navy man Barry has embarked upon the Filey To Forth project, in which he has sought to create art showing man at the complete mercy of the elements – and then put the RNLI, and independent lifeboat crews, right at the heart of every piece.
Where to buy: You can find all of Barry’s inspirational pieces online at www.clasperart.com