A nice article about a series of paintings I did several years ago. I was the only artist invited in to capture the devastation. A memory that will stay with me for ever.
A busy days painting after a break while the exhibition was on. A picture from a nice walk along a pretty local canal. Started with the lights before adding the canal and the path. Finally turning it around for the reflections. Quite a famous canal and well known because of it's distinctive orange colour.
The Bridgewater Canal is sometimes described as England’s first canal.
Named after its owner, Francis Egerton the third Duke of Bridgewater who built the Canal to transport coal from his mines at Worsley to the industrial areas of Manchester, the Bridgewater Canal was the forerunner of canal networks.
Opened on 17th July 1761, the Bridgewater Canal has a special place in history as the first canal in Britain to be built without following an existing watercourse, and so became a model for those that followed it.
Maybe it's one of those things everyone wants to forget but today it is twenty years ago that the bomb went off in Manchester. I was invited in to record the scenes and in a way these paintings are now a historical documentation of the event. It was quite a moving experience and one I will never forget. One of the most scary things was seeing the broken mannequins and thinking these could quite easily have been people.
A busy afternoon taking down the exhibition. After five weeks it has finally ended. Some lovely and encouraging comments in my visitor's book and some sales. A successful first show now to start the task of applying for more. Thank you to all those who attended I hope you enjoyed it.