Three different takes on their town

THE work of three artists with distinctive styles who have featured views of Brighouse in their paintings will go on show on Saturday.

The exhibition ‘Selected Views’ will showcase the work of Matthew Evans, Barry de More and Matthew Midgley at the Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse, until November 19.

Matthew Evans put the exhibition together to highlight the artistic talent in the area as well as the interesting architecture and colourful scenery of his home town.

He has contributed pictures of the Old Ship Inn, Rydings Park, Millroyd Island, the Black Bull and Brighouse marina.

He said: “I have been inspired by the architectural elements of the buildings of Brighouse but mostly by the colours of ‘Brighouse in Bloom’ against the facades. Floral displays feature strongly in my work - especially in the views of Wellholme Park, Rydings Park and Thornton Square.

“I am interested in the colours and reflections in the canal basin and am keen to celebrate what a vibrant town Brighouse is.”

Matthew, who first exhibited at the Smith Art Gallery in 1994, has returned to some of the scenes he first painted when he was a teenager and is including some of his earlier works in the show.

Both Matthew Evans and Matthew Midgley are members of Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Art Society.

Barry de More grew up in Brighouse and spent hours as a schoolboy looking at the paintings in the Smith Art Gallery.

Best known for his portraits, Barry has a studio in Elland and recently embarked on a series of paintings of the facades of buildings in Brighouse and other Calderdale towns.

All three artists, who are exhibiting together for the first time, have contrasting styles which will be studied by art students from local high schools as part of the Peter Brook Art Prize later this year. The artists will then work with the students to produce artworks of their own which will eventually go on show at the Smith Art Galley.

The exhibition opening will be from 1.30pm to 3pm on Saturday and many of the paintings will be for sale.