Keith Burtonshaw (1930 - 2008)
A highly competent self-taught amateur artist, influenced by Constable, Gainsborough and Reynolds. Watercolour was his principal medium, but he also painted in oils.
Born near Barnsley, South Yorkshire Lyndsey moved to Newcastle to train as an art teacher, eventually moving to Hexham, where access to both the countryside and the coast has inspired her work. " My work is very firmly rooted in the North East I aim to capture the atmosphere of a place and time and focus on the changing play of light on the land, rather than represent a particular place. The big skies and long distant views, the seasons and the wild weather all influence the “feel” of a finished piece and I often sketch out in the field (weather permitting), making notes and absorbing a place before taking these ideas and memories back to the studio to work on a canvas."
Jacques Deperthes (b. 1936)
Born in Suresnes, France, Jacque Deperthes studied at Installation Art School of Geneva between 1954 to 1958. He held his first solo exhibition in 1961 in Geneva and often exhibited in Europe and United States in 1970.
Deperthes’ artworks are widely collected by many art museums such as Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris and Les Musées d'art et d'histoire - Ville de Genève. He often used black as the basic tone to bring out the beautiful harmony in classical composition. Deperthes is still living and his fame is steadily growing.
Lorna Graves (1947 - 2006)
Born in Kendal, Cumbria Inspired by the landforms and ancient art of Cumbria, the artist Lorna Graves made paintings and ceramic sculptures of magnificent simplicity. "I grew up here on the land," she wrote, "working in the fields and byres as a child close to the diurnal and seasonal rhythms of life."
Artworks by NøOF have been produced by two different artists working independently on the same paintings and have never been available to purchase. To date there are known to be five paintings attributed to NøOF and these have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in the North of England.
Percy Kelly (1918 - 1993)
Born in Workington, Percy Kelly was a prolific artist, producing paintings, drawings and prints. Percy left school at 14 to work for the Post Office. Interrupted by war, he served in the Royal Signals, where his talent for draughtsmanship was utilised in the production of maps. In 1946 Percy returned to Post Office employment, and obsessional painting, working at the Post Office until attending the Carlisle College of Art and Design from 1961 until 1965. In the early 1950s, Percy submitted works to the Royal Academy, Royal Institute and Royal Society of British Artists; all were accepted, and from 1956 until 1963, Percy was a member of The Lakes Artists Society.
Len Tabner (b. 1946)
Len Tabner was born at South Bank near Middlesbrough and educated at Middlesborough College of Art; Bath Academy of Art at Corsham and at the University of Reading. He is winner of many awards and there have been numerous one-man exhibitions around the country. A documentary of his life and work was televised in 1991.
John Frederick Tayler (1802 - 1889)
John Frederick Tayler was a 19th-century English landscape watercolour painter, and president of the Royal Watercolour Society. He filled this position for over twelve years and retired in June 1871. He continued to send drawings to the society's exhibitions down to the time of his death. His drawings and sketches were sold at Christie's on 15 Feb. 1890.