Matthew’s new take on his home town

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BRIGHOUSE artist Matthew Evans will turn a fresh eye on his home town for a new exhibition of his work this autumn.

Matthew, who has been interested in art since his days at Rastrick Grammar School, has revisited some of Brighouse’s best-known sights such as the town’s marina, Central Methodist Church and Rydings Park.

They featured in his first major exhibition at the Smith Art Gallery in 1994 but 15 years later his style has evolved and become more impressionistic and his home town has changed too.

“When I first started painting Brighouse was still an industrial town and there were more working mills. There have been many changes over the years but it’s a lovely town with lots of character.”

Matthew, who works for Hallmark greetings cards in Bradford, knows the town well. He grew up in the Lords Lane area before moving to Stanley Street and, having recently moved again, he is now settling into Wherwell Road.

In September his new paintings - as well as some older pieces - will go on show alongside works by fellow artists Barry de More and Matthew Midgley. The exhibition will provide the inspiration for a new generation of young artists as part of the Peter Brook art prize. “I met Peter and I am a big fan of his work. I’m very pleased that my paintings will form part of the exhibition that will be associated with his name.”

After 10 years as a member, Matthew has recently been appointed president of Huddersfield Art Society, taking over from Olwen Kitson. “I am looking forward to the challenges that this will bring. We are a thriving society with more than 90 members and we are working towards our big annual exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery in October.”