The new Back To The City exhibition running at the Windermere Fine Art Gallery until May 20 has been curated by Blackpool leisure industry veteran Matthew Titherington.
The former managing director of SEA LIFE and Madame Tussauds in the seaside resort, who lives in Poulton, became owner of the gallery just over a year ago as part of a major life change during the pandemic.
He said the artists in the new exhibition include the latest winners of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters’ highly acclaimed annual exhibition, one of the highest honors in British art.
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They include award-winning members of the Northern Boys painting group, such as Michael Ashcroft.
Works functionality by David Curtis; Steven P Smith; Adam Ralston, current winner of the ROI’s Frank Herring Easel Award and recently named an Associate Member of the ROI; Max White, current winner of ROI’s coveted Emerging Artist Prize; Ian Layton; Gerry Halpin; Haidee-Jo Summers; Amanda Coleman, current recipient of the KING’s Alan Gourley Memorial Award; André Farmer; Norman Long, of Preston; Chris Slater and David Allen.
Matthew, who has taken over the gallery with his wife, Dawn, said: “The new exhibition follows artists returning to the streets of big cities after the pandemic with renewed vigor and appreciation.
“Their work captures some of the most iconic views, designs and man-made structures, and the changing light and atmosphere as people return to the city.”