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Artists, Colourfield Gallery

Artists at Colourfield Gallery

Colourfield Gallery specialises in Northern Art, with a collection featuring over 50 artists, from established names to up-and-coming talent.

Here are works by just a few of our most popular artists:

The Rag and Bone 'Fella' by Fred Wilde

Fred Wilde was born in Hyde, near Manchester, ‘a long time ago’, as he put it. He was brought up in the shadow of the cotton mills. It was an environment in which there were few luxuries. Wireless was a novelty, a visit to ‘the pictures’ was an event, none of the neighbours owned a car and some had never seen the sea. Read more.

As a young man Fred briefly attended Hyde Art School, and later did some life drawings at Manchester Municipal Art School. But for many years his chief artistic activity was designing textiles for export to Africa.

He retired from his job early in order to devote his time to painting scenes of his childhood ‘between the wars’. His first book The Clatter of Clogs in the Early Morning (1982) became a bestseller in Lancashire, and won praise from J. B. Priestley and Roger McGough. He lived in Lydiate, Nr Liverpool.


Rapeseed by Colin Halliday

Born in rural Cumbria in 1964, Halliday was brought up on a farm overlooked by the Pennines. The surrounding landscape was to have a lasting impression on him. Graduating from Exeter in 1992 with a BA Honours in Fine Art, he pursued his interest in contemporary art in London. Read more.

There, he produced a range of work, much of which reflected his concern for the destruction of our environment. Gradually he turned his back on what seemed to him the purely cerebral nature of Contemporary Art and started to paint what was around him in the City of London.

In 2005 a move to Derbyshire put him in a new but essentially rural landscape again. As his relationship with that landscape became more established, Halliday realised the growing importance for him of the “application of paint”. Painting landscapes without reference to people or buildings allowed this to predominate, adding a timeless quality to the work.


Cornerhouse Cinema by Michael Ashcroft

Michael was born in Lancashire and studied Art and Design at Bishop Rawstorne. He also studied A-Level Fine Art and Portraiture at Runshaw College. He then moved on to further education at Blackburn College, doing a City and Guilds in Life Drawing. Read more.

Michael has had a rapid rise to success in the last few years and is becoming one of the North West’s foremost artists in Landscape painting. His paintings have received many awards including becoming a finalist in the International Artist Magazine competition and also winner of the Harris Open Exhibition.

His feature in the International Artist Magazine has gained him recognition around the world. This has found him many admirers of his work. Michael has had three solo exhibitions including a sell-out show in the city of Oxford.

He has recently just been elected a member of the prestigious Manchester Academy of Fine Art, whose past members include LS Lowry and Theodore Major, and has had his work accepted into the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Exhibition 2011 in London.

Michael lives and works full-time as an artist in Lancashire, England and can be contacted via his website.


The Long Road by Helen Clapcott

Painted over the last 30 years, Helen Clapcott's delightfully obsessive works depict the mutation and evolution of a once industrial valley, now a commuter corridor. Stockport has been dominated by ‘the three Rs’ - river, rail and road - and now boasts a motorway, a congestion of roundabouts, sliproads and a pyramid. Read more.

One of the few artists working in egg tempora, Helen Clapcott’s paintings have been continuously researched through drawing on location, each laboured over for periods of months and sometimes years. They are not critical, nor do they defend a cause or corner. They are a celebration of light, and show a deep appreciation of a unique landscape.

Born in Blackpool and now living in Macclesfield with illustrator Ian Pollock, Helen Clapcott studied Fine Arts at Liverpool Polytechnic and the Royal Academy Schools and has received both a Green Shield Foundation Award and the David Murray Landscape Award. She has had one-woman exhibitions at Stockport Art Gallery, Salford City Art gallery, The New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham,
and Scolar Fine Art, London and has exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions.


The Carnival by John Kimpton

John Kimpton was born in Hulme, Manchester, in 1961 and was educated in Marple, Cheshire. His artwork first gained public acclaim in 1979 when he was the prize winner in the National Exhibition of Children's Art, which itself attracted some 72,000 entries from all over Britain. Read more.

Since then he has gained recognition for his intricate pencil drawings as well as powerful, moody landscapes.

In 1984 his “Nuclear Nightmare” series created a sensation when it was exhibited, and also featured in a documentary for Granada television. A five year project studying and portraying the domestic cat has captured the true essence of the animal, thus creating a wider appeal and interest in his work.

John has recently turned his attention to capturing and portraying a multitude of human interactions and mannerisms of Northern characters.


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Colourfield Gallery

7 London Road South, Poynton, SK12 1 JX

Phone: 01625 875 821
Email: info@colourfieldgallery.com
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