Crossley Heath

Crossley Heath

Painted in inks, gouache, acrylic, watercolour, gold leaf and gold thread.

Painted in 2020 for the ‘Toffee Town’ exhibition at The Yorkshire Gallery in Halifax’s Piece Hall. Crossley Heath Grammar School in Halifax, the air heavy with an expected thunder storm. My daughter set her heart on going there, simply because it looked like Hogwarts. This piece is on display at The Yorkshire Gallery from September 26th 2020. Prints are available from The Yorkshire Gallery and Heart Gallery from that date. They will be available online from October 27th.

Dimensions: 87cm x 106cm framed

Price: £4500

For further details please contact info@theyorkshiregallery.co.uk

Streets in the Sky

Streets in the Sky

Painted in inks, gouache, acrylic, watercolour, gold leaf and gold thread.

Painted in 2020 for the ‘Toffee Town’ exhibition at The Yorkshire Gallery in Halifax’s Piece Hall. I painted this in Lockdown, when the idea of travelling as far as Halifax from Hebden Bridge seemed somewhat exotic! I think that’s why it’s taken on an Italian look – like a sun drenched Venetian Piazza. I have always loved the idea of hidden spaces. As a student I worked in a restaurant and behind the kitchens was an abandoned ballroom, complete with a piano that couldn’t be reached because of the rotten floor. I was told about the Streets in the Sky years ago, and finally managed to visit them in Autumn of 2019. Beside one of the grand wrought iron gateways into Halifax’s beautiful Borough Market, there is an unremarkable door leading to one of two secret streets of houses located above the market building. Built originally for the owners of the market stalls beneath, they are now almost all uninhabited, but there are plans to renovate them and use them again. The view here is largely imagined; higher than the hidden streets, looking down on The Piece Hall, Halifax Minster, the chocolate factory (now Nestle, but before that Rowntree Mackintosh), and arches of the railway, then beyond up to Beacon Hill. This piece is on display at The Yorkshire Gallery from September 26th 2020. Prints are available from The Yorkshire Gallery and Heart Gallery from that date. They will be available online from October 27th.

Dimensions: 87cm x 106cm framed

Price: £4500

For further details please contact info@theyorkshiregallery.co.uk

Birdsong at Shibden

Birdsong at Shibden

Painted in inks, gouache, acrylic, watercolour, gold leaf and gold thread.

Painted in 2020 for the ‘Toffee Town’ exhibition at The Yorkshire Gallery in Halifax’s Piece Hall. Sometimes, paintings decide for themselves, and this was one of those. I was commissioned by Shibden Hall to create a painting of the house for permanent display there. I designed two pieces, and this is the one that they didn’t choose. Standing on the wall in front of the orchard, looking down on the hall I had the idea of a birds eye view. I began the painting in Autumn 2019, and it began as an autumn scene. But the atmosphere wasn’t right – I couldn’t get the light and I left it for months, half done. Then one day in March I stepped out of my house on what felt like the first proper spring day. There was a beautiful clean, blue light, and birdsong, and the first, sappy greens. Back in the studio the painting decided to be spring, and with that came the idea that it should be all about the birds. The crows and the doves are there to represent Ann Lister and Anne Walker – a suggestion made for the Shibden Hall commission. The row along the bottom are all the birds in the stained glass fragments from the window in the main hall (believed originally to have come from local priories after the dissolution of the monasteries). I don’t know their symbolism, though have been told that the figure with the fish under his arm in the devil making off with someone’s soul! This piece is on display at The Yorkshire Gallery from September 26th 2020. Prints are available from The Yorkshire Gallery and Heart Gallery from that date. They will be available online from October 27th.

Dimensions: 86cm x 86cm framed

Price: £3900

For further details please contact info@theyorkshiregallery.co.uk

Wainhouse Tower

Wainhouse Tower

Painted in inks, gouache, acrylic, watercolour, gold leaf and gold thread.

Painted in 2020 for the ‘Toffee Town’ exhibition at The Yorkshire Gallery in Halifax’s Piece Hall. The amazing Wainhouse Tower is a landmark for so many people. I’ve never been up it and I’m not sure I want to . I like the view from the ground! The tower itself can be seen as a symbol of a feud between two wealthy Halifax men: John Edward Wainhouse and Sir Henry Edwards. Local legend has it that the latter complained about the smoke pollution caused by the dye works owned by Wainhouse. In response, Wainhouse commissioned the architect Isaac Booth to build a 350 metre chimney, the design of which incorporated a spiral staircase wrapping around the inner chimney. Sir Henry had boasted that his grand estate at Pye Nest could not be overlooked by any other house in Halifax, so Wainhouse decided to add a viewing platform at the very top to spite him. Isaac Booth was also Sir Edwards’ architect and the feud between Wainhouse and Edwards became so bitter that he resigned the project, refusing to work for either of them. The top of the tower was completed by Richard Swarbrick Dugdale. The tower was begun in 1871, and completed in 1875. However Wainhouse sold the dye works in 1874 and the new owner didn’t want the incomplete tower, which he considered a liability, included in the sale. Because of this the Wainhouse Tower was never used as a working mill chimney. The new owner of the dye works, Mr Henry Mossman, was prosecuted later under the new ‘Smoke Abatement Act’. In response, he pulled down the dye works’ 6 small chimneys, and replaced them with one large one. The Wainhouse tower has been owned by The Halifax Corporation since 1919. It was used as military observation post during the World War Two. This view is from the corner of Master Lane, and shows Wakefield Gate winding up through the trees. The tiles are filled with details from the octagonal tower, and from Wainhouse’s former home ‘West Air’ (now the Wainhouse Tavern). This piece is on display at The Yorkshire Gallery from September 26th 2020. Prints are available from The Yorkshire Gallery and Heart Gallery from that date. They will be available online from October 27th.

Dimensions: 63cm x 102cm framed

Price: £3400

For further details please contact info@theyorkshiregallery.co.uk

Halifax Town Hall

Halifax Town Hall

Painted in inks, gouache, acrylic, watercolour, gold leaf and gold thread.

Painted in 2020 for the ‘Toffee Town’ exhibition at The Yorkshire Gallery in Halifax’s Piece Hall. Halifax has the most beautiful town hall. It’s a building that I love so I saved this one to paint last in the Toffee Town series. It seems to stand apart, ornate and in warm gold stone. It was designed by Charles Barry who also designed The Houses of Parliament. This piece is on display at The Yorkshire Gallery from September 26th 2020. Prints are available from The Yorkshire Gallery and Heart Gallery from that date. They will be available online from October 27th.

Dimensions: 64cm x 102cm framed

Price: £3900

For further details please contact info@theyorkshiregallery.co.uk

North Bridge

North Bridge

Painted in inks, gouache, acrylic, watercolour, gold leaf and gold thread.

Painted in 2020 for the ‘Toffee Town’ exhibition at The Yorkshire Gallery in Halifax’s Piece Hall. I first visited Halifax as a Textile Design student in 1996. Our tutor took us to Bankfield Museum, from York. Brought up in rural Suffolk, and a student in York, I remember being staggered by this view of the many layers and stunning industrial architecture. It was like nothing I’d seen before. This piece is on display at The Yorkshire Gallery from September 26th 2020. Prints are available from The Yorkshire Gallery and Heart Gallery from that date. They will be available online from October 27th.

Dimensions: 106cm x 87cm framed

Price: £4500

For further details please contact info@theyorkshiregallery.co.uk

Akroydon

Akroydon

Painted in inks, gouache, acrylic, watercolour, gold leaf and gold thread.

Painted in 2020 for the ‘Toffee Town’ exhibition at The Yorkshire Gallery in Halifax’s Piece Hall. Akroydon is Halifax’s model village, commissioned by Edward Akroyd in the second half of the 19th Century; designed and built by George Gilbert Scott. Akroyd was a much loved Halifax business man and philanthropist. He set out to create an idealised settlement, in contrast to the appalling living conditions provided for many mill workers at the time. Neo gothic in style, Akroydon balanced green spaces, recreation and public spaces, and a lay-out of decent houses that encouraged the mixing of social classes. After my Lost Houses exhibition in 2016, I was commissioned by Bankfield Museum to create a painting of the area for permanent display. I designed two. This one of Akroydon, and another that showed Bankfield (the former home of Edward Akroyd) and All Souls Church. Though they chose the latter, I was so taken with beautiful Akroydon that I painted it anyway! This piece is on display at The Yorkshire Gallery from September 26th 2020. Prints are available from The Yorkshire Gallery and Heart Gallery from that date. They will be available online from October 27th.

Dimensions: 106cm x 87cm framed

Price: £4500

For further details please contact info@theyorkshiregallery.co.uk

Sun on the Parsonage Lawn

Sun on the Parsonage Lawn

Inks, gouache, acrylics, coloured pencil, gold leaf and gold thread.

The home in Haworth of the Brontë family from 1820. I’ve painted the Haworth chickens before. I like their disrespect for boundaries and the way they strut up the main street. They are often seen in groups in the churchyard in front of the parsonage. They brighten it up, along with this late summer sunlight on the parsonage lawn.

Dimensions: 52cm x 62cm framed

Price: £2800

For further details please contact gallery@katelycett.co.uk

Cliff Top Walk 1

Cliff Top Walk 1

Inks, gouache, acrylics, coloured pencil, gold leaf and gold thread.

A family day out to Flamborough Head Cove in July 2018. In the evening sun we all walked along the cliff tops to the cafe by the light house, only to find it was closed! The children were so disappointed that we did an emergency dash into Flamborough for fish and chips which we bought back to eat over looking the sea.

Dimensions: 49.5cm x 49.5cm framed

Price: £1950

For further details please contact gallery@katelycett.co.uk

Cliff Top Walk 3

Cliff Top Walk 3

Inks, gouache, acrylics, coloured pencil, gold leaf and gold thread.

A family day out to Flamborough Head Cove in July 2018. In the evening sun we all walked along the cliff tops to the cafe by the light house, only to find it was closed! The children were so disappointed that we did an emergency dash into Flamborough for fish and chips which we bought back to eat over looking the sea.

Dimensions: 49.5cm x 49.5cm framed

Price: £1950

For further details please contact gallery@katelycett.co.uk

Cliff Top Walk 4

Cliff Top Walk 4

Inks, gouache, acrylics, coloured pencil, gold leaf and gold thread.

A family day out to Flamborough Head Cove in July 2018. In the evening sun we all walked along the cliff tops to the cafe by the light house, only to find it was closed! The children were so disappointed that we did an emergency dash into Flamborough for fish and chips which we bought back to eat over looking the sea.

Dimensions: 49.5cm x 49.5cm framed

Price: £1950

For further details please contact gallery@katelycett.co.uk

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle

Inks, gouache, acrylics, coloured pencil, gold leaf and gold thread.

Painted in 2019 for ‘Catching the Light', a solo exhibition at Chantry House Gallery. An early morning run from Budle Bay to Bamburgh beach. The white deer is painted on the stones inside a little cove.

Dimensions: 54cm x 68cm framed

Price: £3200

For further details please contact info@chantryhousegallery.co.uk

Lindisfarne Castle

Lindisfarne Castle

Inks, gouache, acrylics, coloured pencil, gold leaf and gold thread.

Painted in 2019 for ‘Catching the Light', a solo exhibition at Chantry House Gallery. October half term in Northumberland. A day trip across the causeway To Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island.

Dimensions: 57cm x 68cm framed

Price: £3200

For further details please contact info@chantryhousegallery.co.uk

The Vine House

The Vine House

Inks, gouache, acrylics, coloured pencil, gold leaf and gold thread.

Painted in 2019 for ‘Catching the Light', a solo exhibition at Chantry House Gallery. The Vine house in the kitchen garden at The Lost Houses of Heligan in Cornwall. A lovely family holiday in August 2018.

Dimensions: 57cm x 67cm framed

Price: £3200

For further details please contact info@chantryhousegallery.co.uk