Double success for Yorkshire artists

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AN enthusiastic audience and a rush of sales welcomed an exhibition by Yorkshire artists Andrew Jenkin and Catherine McGrath at the Harrison Lord Gallery, Brighouse.

The exhibition, ‘The Green and the Grit’, features Andrew’s atmospheric watercolours alongside Catherine’s thickly-layered acrylic pictures.

Gallery owner Steven Lord said: “Opening day attendance and sales were beyond the artists’ dreams and the show has proved a big hit. In the exhibition we can see how two talented and individualistic artists respond to the local area in completely different but highly effective ways.”

Andrew Jenkin’s pictures of serene waterways and soft green landscapes evoke Yorkshire’s beauty and tranquillity. He was head tutor at North Light Gallery Art School in Huddersfield until last year and regularly gives demonstrations for Brighouse Art Circle and Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Art Society.

He now paints full-time as a professional artist and his latest work includes panoramic views of West Yorkshire and scenes along the Calder and Hebble Navigation from Sowerby Bridge to Brighouse. Recently his work has been on display at the Akron Fossil and Science Centre in Ohio.

Catherine McGrath took early retirement from lecturing to take up painting full time. Her work is influenced by her love of sculpture and the paintings in ‘The Green and the Grit’ exhibition depict the buildings, towns and viaducts of the area’s industrial past.

Andrew said: “Catherine and I have never exhibited together before but this show works so well that I think we might become a double act!”

The exhibition runs until Saturday, July 23.