Ayrshire-born Alexander has lived in Newcastle for more than 35 years and is one of the UK’s most collectable contemporary artists. He’s also one of the few living artists who have had museum exhibitions in Newcastle, Glasgow and New York – and he sells his work worldwide. You’re sure to have seen his work displayed across our region, including the Angel sculpture at the MetroCentre in Gateshead – a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the Angel of the North. His atmospheric landscapes will transport you to a different era: they capture memories of life in the 50s and 60s, and his delicate brush strokes and tones create the pieces we love.
Find Alexander Millar Fine Art on Newcastle’s Grey Street and Glasgow’s Buchanan Street or head online to alexandermillar.com.
Through her small business, My Giant Hands Made These, Victoria handmakes functional yet beautifullyartistic ceramics for your home. From mugs to platters (all with a splash of colour), they’re the perfect addition to an art-lover’s dining table.
Find her work at instagram.com/mygianthandsmadethese and send her a message for prices.
Fiona is an award-winning pastel artist based in Shotley Bridge, as well as an associate artist of Northumberland-based Unison Colour. She exhibits her work regularly and was honoured to have her art included in the 121st annual exhibition of The Pastel Society at The Mall Galleries, London in 2020, where she was awarded The 2020 Royal Talens/Rembrandt Award – and she was delighted to have a piece selected for the 2021 exhibition too. Fiona runs art workshops in pastel and drawing in Northumberland and online via her Patreon site.
Find Fiona’s art at fionacarvell.com.
Born and bred in the North East, Barrie Watson, a miner’s son, was brought up in Murton Colliery and has lived in Sunderland for the last 30 years. Barrie has always had a creative flair, working as a hair stylist for five years before moving on to work with leading hair brands. A talented cook, he won a place in the BBC MasterChef final in 1997, leading him to take the brave step to open his own high-end catering company and bistro, Prickly Pear, in his hometown. Barrie discovered a new passion during lockdown when he started painting to fill in time and as an outlet for his creativity. His relaxed abstract work with acrylic paint is full of emotion and drama, using metal leaf gilding, which gives his paintings a 3D feeling and, in his words, ‘bling’.
While he sets his website up, keep an eye on instagram.com/barriewatsonart – and don’t forget his work is now being displayed in the North East Art Collective.
John’s talented artwork explores the shapes and textures of the North East coast – think rocks, sand and ruins. His prints, paintings and mixed media constructions reimagine these structures with charcoal, paint and clay to create amazingly abstract art. His Northumbria collection of works are the best reflection of these unique textures.
See John’s work and contact him through his website at johnmcleanstorey.co.uk.
Based in Newcastle, Julia produces awide range of domestic and interior pieces in ceramics – involving wheel throwing, hand-building and casting. It’s her colourful decoration that makes her work instantly recognisable though. Expect vibrant patterns and glittering finishes from her handmade artwork – think exuberant lamps, candlesticks and teapots.
Julia’s work is in many private collections and is available in several galleries, including Dennis Kilgallon Gallery and North East Art Collective, and by commission. Visit juliaroxburghceramics.co.uk to browse online.
North Shields-based Gail is a truly inspirational artist. She had been working as an artist since 2014, mostly with fabric and fibre as a felt maker, but in 2017, while she was being treated for severe post traumatic stress disorder, an urge to paint overtook her. Sadly, Gail lost her speech after a violent mugging in January 2018 and during lockdown, while isolating, Gail painted 104 pieces of art: one each day for 20 minutes. She’s been selling these colourful creations under her ‘Just Another Day’ online exhibition to fund her ongoing therapy to help manage her mental health and cope with life without speech. We’ve been loving sending out greetings cards made from this artwork to our family and friends.
Read more about Gail’s story here. Gail’s artwork is available online at gailcurry.co.uk and happyplanetstudio.co.uk and within Happy Planet Creative Arts at Ilfracombe Gardens, Whitley Bay.
Julie is a sea glass artist based in Northumberland and visits the coast to beach comb for sea glass – something she says is just as enjoyable for her now, as it was as a child growing up in Devon. She started making sea glass gifts for her friends and family and was later inspired and encouraged to create a business from her hobby. As well as taking part in the Designer Makers Market events, held annually at Leyburn, Barnard Castle and Hexham, Julie has also exhibited at the Harrogate Flower Show and our own Living North events.
Find Julie’s work at Hexham Abbey Gift Shop, Hats and Glad Rags in Northumberland, The Sandra Parker Studio, Barnard Castle and online at happydanceseaglass.co.uk – as well as Living North’s Christmas Fair this October.
Kate has been painting for more than 25 years, using oil on canvas to create her distinctive seascapes. Each of her series of works informs the next, and inspiration for her work comes from the dramatic North East coastline, thewest coast of Scotland and the Cornish coastline. She is also a member of Network Artists North East.
Find Kate’s work on displayat Tynemouth Market, and see her new work as soon as it is completed at katevansuddese.com.
Karen launched her business, KT Heart Art, following the death of her sister Claire. They both had matching heart tattoos so she puts a heart into every piece she creates. Last year, Karen (from Penshaw) raised more than £400 for frontline health heroes through the sales of her print, ‘Isolated But Not Alone’, which shows one figure handing over a heart-shaped balloon to another. And after it was shared on social media, plenty of people were keen to take a look at more of her work. Now we’ve got our eye on ‘This Too Shall Pass’.
You can shop Karen’s art at ktheartart.com and she recently took over the tenancyof studio five at Art Centre Washington, where she now has a gallery and gift shop. Workshops are pending.
Lucy, from Teesside, encapsulates the architecture and landmarksof the North in her prints (the Transporter Bridge, Saltburn Pier and the Millennium Bridge to name afew) to add a pop of colour to your home. Her illustrations, drawn by hand, are instantly recognisable as our favourite landmarks.
Explore more of Lucy’s work on her Etsy page (search LucyKitchCreative) or visit instagram.com/lucykitchcreative.
Based in Northumberland and working from her home in Morpeth, Rachael specialises in whimsical animal, floral and portrait work. She takes inspiration from her lifelong love of children’s literature and her own experiences as a busy mum and primary school teacher. Every one of her unique designs is crafted in her home studio (Little Flowers by Sligo) offering a wide range of personalisation options, including full commissions for unique family portraits and special occasion pictures.
Discover Rachael’s work at littleflowersbysligo.co.uk.
Samantha specialises in designing and hand-making luxury resin accessories for you and your home. Each of her serving boards is crafted from a single piece of sustainablysourced olive wood before she individually hand-pours stunning epoxy resin artwork onto each one. Combining the unique wooden grain with her elegant marble-esque artwork, each piece is completely personal to you.
See her work on display at Living North’s Christmas Fair in October. But, for now, discover more at samanthalois.com.
Robert is a North Shields-based artist with a history in computer graphics. Painting is something he had always loved, but with young children and work commitments he never had the time. In October 2018, he took the leap and left the industry to get into painting. Now, he loves working in oil and perfectly captures the world around him through his art.
Find Robert’s work within North East Art Collective or online at robertmyersart.com.
Ray returned to art and producing paintings full time after a long career in the NHS. He was born and worked in Sunderland and now has a studio at his home there, where he creates his paintings for both galleries and private commissions. You can expect scenes from North East, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District in his art, as Ray captures events and activities at the places he visits.
See more of Ray’s work at artbyraybradshaw.com.
Artist, illustrator and mapmaker Sarah celebrates the whole of our region in ink and watercolour with originals, prints and commissioned pieces of art – including maps, landscapes, townscapes and wildlife-inspired pieces. Alnwick Garden and Bamburgh Castle have showcased her amazing work in the past, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us.
Visit Sarah’s studio upstairs at Gallery Forty5 in Felton or visit sarahfarooqi.co.uk.
Yvette was commissioned by NE1 at Christmas to add to a festive wall opposite Grey’s Monument. Her art shows herlove of bright colours in highly-detailed prints featuring recognisable structures across our region. So, of course, her favourite thing about the North East is the architecture. Although she’s already created plenty of prints, from The Tyne Bar to Wylam Brewery, she never runs out of inspiration – so we’re keeping an eye on her vibrant Instagram page.
Read our chat with Yvette here. Discover Yvette’s work at yvette-earl.com and instagram.com/ yvetteearlillustration or search ‘YvetteEarIllustration’ on Etsy.
The themes of Sam’s work are taken from everyday surroundings – most notably the people and architecture of Newcastle. He works mainly in oil paint, and creates spectacular mood and atmosphere through his work. Sam will layer, scrape and wipe areas of paintings to create abstraction and realism. As he heads back out to find more inspiration, we can’t wait to see what comes of it.
Find Sam’s work online at samwoodart.format.com or through The Biscuit Factory.
Trevor, based in his studio in the centre of Newcastle, is inspired by the inspirational rugged landscape and spectacular coastline of the North. He loves to paint and make ceramic art, recalling atmospheric encounters in changing light and weather, seasons and places. We’re looking forward to seeing his work on display at Living North’s Christmas Fair in October.
For now, discover his art at trevorcraggs.co.uk.
Since opening his first gallery back in 1963, Ashley has become one of the country’s leading and most successful landscape water-colourists – so he needs very little introduction. His distinctive paintings of moorlands have become synonymous with Yorkshire, and complement the moors around his gallery in Holmfirth. As we head back out again, we’re sure Ashley’s paintings will give us inspiration for exploration.
Visit the Ashley Jackson Gallery on Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth or explore his work online at ashley-jackson.co.uk.
North Yorkshire-based Bonny has established her own successful art business, taught drawing around the world, made her television debut on art channel Hochanda, and won one of coloured pencil art’s most prestigious prizes – and her work is still catching our attention. Her animal drawings are always super realistic, with intricate details.
To find out more about Bonny and her art, visit bonnysnowdonfineart.co.uk.
Last year we spoke to Abigail, an artist from Sheffield, when she won The Arts Society’s national Isolation Artwork Competition with her incredible painting titled Brewing. This year, that same piece of art saw her receive the first prize in the ‘Fine Art’ category in Creates Gallery ‘Emerging Artist’ Award 2021. We’re expecting great things from this young artist.
Find out more about her artistic influences and plans for the future here.
Recently selected as the Official Artist for Tour deYorkshire 2022, we’re expecting more great things from Claire. She paints the places she knows and loves in and around North Yorkshire, but brings reality to the settings by observing relationships and everyday situations – perfect now we’re all out and about again. Based in Pateley Bridge, she takes photographs on location, edits them on photoshop and then sketches her figures, telling a tale through her work.
Find Claire’s work on display at The Claire Baxter Fine Art Gallery, Pateley Bridge and online at clairebaxterfineart.co.uk.
Kit creates colourful ceramics influenced by a childhood on the coast near Whitby. Her work mirrors coastal textures, colours and forms, and oxides, stains and underglazes are used to create movement in her pieces. But it’s the use of natural materials such as shells, fossils and coral that make her work so beautifully unique.
Discover her work at kit-designs.co.uk and at Blandscliff Gallery & Studio in Scarborough.
Garth recently moved to Stokesley and has been drawing inspiration from his local area, painting scenes from the North York Moors and Yorkshire coast. He is inspired by capturing a moment in time: from horse racing and dance to nature and portraits. But he is most known for his cycling work, having documented several of the major tours, the most recent being the Tour de France of 2020.
Discover his work at garthbayley.co.uk.
Wildlife and landscape artist Jonathan is based in his studio at Pottergate in Gilling East. As an area adviser for Swift Conservation in Yorkshire, he shares his passion for nature through both his art and his words. From kingfishers and lapwings, to waxwings and wrens, Jonathan has enjoyed capturing the local birdlife in Scarborough, Sandsend, Ellerbeck and across the North York Moors – and we can’t wait to see what’s new from his sketchpad.
Discover his work at jonathanpomroy.wordpress.com and read our interview with Jonathan here.
Jeanne uses a range of media to create her artwork. She finds inspiration from both coast and countryside, striving to create feelings of joy and wonder, fun and curiosity, attempting to capture a sense of place and season. She has sold both locally and internationally, and exhibited widely within Yorkshire, and her work is on sale in ‘SMART Gallery’ Leeds alongside other Yorkshire artists.
You can see more of her artwork online at jeanneart.co.uk and she currently joins fellow artist Keith Price at Gallery Forty Nine in Bridlington for their first exhibition for 2021: Once Up on a Wall. Find out more at galleryforty-nine.com.
Born in Pitsmoor, Sheffield in 1938, Joe is most famous for bringing the everyday scenes of South Yorkshire to life through his work. His paintings adorn the walls of many Sheffield homes, as well as private and public buildings all over the world, and many can be found in major collections, including some in public art collections at Sheffield Museums and Sheffield Hallam University. His largest work ‘Sheffield Through the Ages’ resides at Weston Park Museum in Sheffield. Joe continues to paint to this day, and we’re sure he’s got plenty more to show us.
See more of his work at joescarboroughart.co.uk.
Artist Fabric Lenny and creative producer Katrina Whale deliver colourful art projects and, working in non-traditional art spaces, they bring the magic of creativity into our lives using colour. Their series of handpainted spheres, a molecular structure and two bespoke benches have been adding a splash of colour to the Fernery at Wentworth Castle Gardens, accompanied by a specially-composed soundscape: ‘Colour Forms – straws upon the water’ – inspired by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and we can’t wait to see what they create next.
Keep up to date with their work at lennyandwhale.co.uk.
Lyn is a mostly self-taught printmaker from North Yorkshire, and she lives and works on the edge of the moors. The slow pace of rural life allows her to take in the wonders of the landscape and creatures that inspire her printmaking. She joins with fellow artist Sally Parkin to run CuriousLinoCuts, producing greetings cards and gifts based on her artwork.
Search ‘CuriousLinoCuts’ on etsy.com, visit lynbaileyprintmaker.com or pop by The Attic, 2 West End, Kirkbymoorside to see more of her work.
Winner of the Saul Hay emerging artist award at New Light, Linnet Panashe Rubaya is a figurative artist who lives and works in Leeds. Linnet draws on cultural, personal and contemporary references to create 20th century- and early 21st centurystyle art. Her figures feature easilyidentifiable elements of black culture including hair, nails and jewellery, with an intent to trigger discussions of black art representation and identity.
Discover her work online at linnetpanasherubaya.com and find out more about New Light and the recent awards here.
Pen and Gwyn is a Yorkshire-based small business, created by award-winning illustrator Nicky, who is inspired by colour, puns and animals, and offers a range of products including art prints, greetings cards, nursery art, gift wrap and handpainted homewares.
Browse her products online at penandgwyn.com.
Based in Settle, Rachel creates handthrown stoneware pottery, finished with homemade glazes made from local natural materials foraged in theYorkshire Dales. Her glazes are inspired by this beautiful and unique landscape, and the natural colours reflect the geology, flora and fauna of the dales.
Discover more of Rachel’s work online at rachelinthedales.co.uk.
Piers is a landscape artist and colourist who works predominantly in oils and etching. Based in the Yorkshire Dales, the success of his work has taken him from Ireland to Iceland. Piers’ characteristically vibrant and light-filled paintings are loved by many for perfectly depicting the Yorkshire coast, from Saltburn to Bridlington, as well as his favourite locations around the British Isles and the Mediterranean Sea.
An exhibition of Piers’ seascapes relaunches at The Garden Rooms at Tennants in Leyburn on 22nd July. Until then, find his work at piersbrowne.com.
Tony’s work is the result of a passion for sporting heroes and inspirationalpeople, and he uses hi skills to immortalise them in bronze, brass or resin. You probably know him best for creating the life-size sculpture of the late Captain Sir Tom Moore, which has received national media attention. ‘The Walk of Hope’ bronze statue signifies the courage and strength of character of Captain Sir Tom, who raised more than £30million for the NHS at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Springs retail and leisure destination at Thorpe Park Leeds is lending a store to showcase Tony’s work and support charities linked to his famous sculptures.
Meanwhile, you can discover more at clarksculptures.com.
Vicki lives on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and a passionfor bright, dynamic and inspirational art shines through in her work. She works in oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolour and charcoal among others to create both portraits and landscapes. Vicki has a certain fondness for hares in particular, and always uses bold tonal contrasts to create beautiful works of art.
Discover more of Vicki’s work online at vickidavidson.com.
American-British artist Tina is based in Scarborough and the coast inspires her work. Her recent ‘Solitude’ series began as daily postcard-sized paintings created during lockdown last year. These were new experiments with Indian ink, acrylics, and pencils on paper, made at home from memories of the Yorkshire and Norway coasts. Her new studio work involves the comparative sedimentary geology of rock outcrops on the Yorkshire coast and Mars.
Discover her latest series at tina-m.com.