Here’s how the Tour de France is framing up

Champs Elysees by artist Andy Farr
Champs Elysees by artist Andy Farr

A Tour de France inspired art exhibition at the Harrison Lord Gallery in Brighouse is putting the Grand Depart on the map.

To celebrate the arrival of the Tour, the gallery is holding a new exhibition opening on Saturday with a selection of paintings by artists who have been inspired by the race.

The highlight of the show will be new work by Michelle Campbell, who was inspired by watching a film called Belleville Rendez-vous, an animated adventure of one woman’s journey to find her grandson kidnapped during the Tour De France.

Michelle said: “I was struck by the fact that the story could easily have been set in Yorkshire so I immediately started creating images inspired by the film.”

Among other artists featured in the show, Jane O’Neill will be showing not only prints but a range of Tour de Yorkshire glass coasters, keyrings and cufflinks.

Roger Simpson’s paintings capture the excitement and movement of the race to the finish, whilst Tony Noble’s beautifully detailed paintings depict bicycles at rest.

Alex Tomlinson has created a commemorative print to celebrate the prowess of the sporting Tyke, and Paul Shipley’s work captures the thrill and spectacle of the race.

The exhibition runs from Saturday, May 24, for six weeks. Admission is free.