Fylde Coast art gallery owner welcomes exhibition’s return to normality after pandemic


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.

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One of the paintings in the new exhibition- Rain Over Barton Manchester

“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.”

This will be the first in a series of major exhibitions at the gallery throughout 2022, as part of a campaign to restore the Lake District to being widely recognized as a northern hub for the fine and contemporary art of high quality, rivaling the great galleries of the city.

The gallery has been a champion of ‘en plein air’ painting by the distinguished group known as the ‘Northern Boys’, whose work frequently features in London’s top galleries.

WFA also has a second gallery, which features an extensive collection of contemporary, urban, street and graffiti art, which is updated weekly. In addition to showcasing works by established artists, such as The Connor Brothers, Mr Brainwash, JJ Adams, Yuvi, Dirty Hans and Mr Controversial, the gallery is always on the lookout for the newest and newest contemporary artists to source. unique and remarkable works of art to display. .

Another of the paintings in the exhibition – After the rain London

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