Monday, 22 April 2013

Exhibitions and Work in Progress

 Some photos of how my work is looking in the new exhibition 'In The Harbour' at The Harrison Lord Gallery, 5 Bradford Road, Brighouse, West Yorkshire

Sue at the In The Harbour Exhibition
The lighting in the gallery is superb and really shows the work off to its best advantage.

The exhibition is on until May 11th and is going really well so now I am preparing for Open Up Studios. I have one last week for painting and one week to tidy my studio, gallery, house and garden...but I am not panicking ...yet!

I have a great variety of paintings for the Open weekends ....first two weekends in May....see exhibition pages for more details.

The paintings cover all my favourite locations and , of course, a few Swaledale sheep.
Below is a little sneak preview. 

View to Whitby from Sandsend

North Pennine Farm

Swaledale Wall

The farm and Swaledales are my homage to the poor hill farmers and their livestock as they have really suffered during the long, hard winter. Let's hope Spring is well and truly established and we get a really good summer.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

April, Holidays and Exhibitions

April has been a very busy month as I have been preparing for an exhibition at The Harrison Lord Gallery in Brighouse which open on the 20th of this month. I have now completed all the work for the show and it all packed ready for delivery on Monday.
In between time I managed a few days in the Lake District meeting up with family. We had wonderful sunshine but it was very cold. Great for photos though.
Castlerigg Stone Circle

Derwent Water

Now, I am getting very excited about the forthcoming exhibition In The Harbour. This is from a press release.


The recent weather might not scream seaside holiday, but the Harrison Lord Gallery’s latest art exhibition embraces a love for English coastal scenes. ‘In the Harbour’ is a culmination of work from five different artists, from impressionistic seascapes to quaint cottages and bobbing boats there should be something for everyone.
One of the artists headlining the exhibition is Sue Nichol, a Sheffield based artist invariably drawn to the East Yorkshire Coast;
Fishing Boats in Staithes Beck

“I love Staithes, the people, the houses huddled together against the elements, the cobles that bob around in the harbour and beck, their swollen bellies present a comforting appeal that must be reassuring when out at sea, a bit womb like. They are a challenge to draw and paint but one that I never tire of. I find constant inspiration in the sea in all its moods and it is a subject to which I am drawn, striving always to capture its movement and strength, which I find both fascinating and frightening.”
Cornish Sea

Nichol’s current selection of work is no exception, the artist is submitting upwards of 15 new original paintings for the exhibition – which opens on Saturday 20th April – all of which encompass her passion for the coast and its heritage;
“My latest work reflects this love, through an exploration of the work of fishermen along the North East coast from Filey to Boulmer. Cobles are the fishing boat of choice and I have been able to get some interesting compositions of fishermen going about their daily work. For the first time I have included a painting of a trawler at sea. I was able to do this because Gloria Wilson, author and artist, kindly gave me permission to use one of her great photos from her book, Kindly Folk and Bonny Boats. Alongside these works will be new seascapes and Staithes cottages. I am very excited to be given the opportunity to show this new work that reflects our fishing heritage and love of the coast, in the forthcoming exhibition at The Harrison Lord Gallery.”
Bamburgh castle

Other artists featured in the exhibition include Anne Aspinall, a self confessed colourist whose work is found in collections in Europe, the United States and Australia, Nola McGaul, Emily Mugridge and North Yorkshire based Sheila Venamore.
The exhibition opens on Saturday 20th April will run for three weeks and is free to enter. For more information call the Harrison Lord Gallery on 01484 722462 or visit the website
Bempton and Gannets