Steven’s vision puts art in focus

Steven Lord
Steven Lord

FOR many years the Harrison Lord Gallery in Brighouse has been closely associated with the name of local artist Peter Brook.

The well-known Pennine landscape painter, who died in 2009, was almost a daily visitor to the gallery, calling in to discuss an idea for an exhibition or to chat about how his latest painting was progressing.

Gallery owner and art-lover Steven Lord is proud of the connection with Peter and praises the Brighouse artist for his loyal support of a home town business.

Now Steven is broadening the gallery’s horizons and for the first time a full year of exhibitions has been planned.

“Really it’s all grown out of our connection with Peter Brook. He was a big supporter of the gallery and was obviously one of our most popular local artists. It’s on the back of his connection with us that we have been able to expand the range of the work on show,” said Steven.

“Peter’s paintings will always be a big part of the gallery - and his annual exhibition will be held in October - but it’s great to have the opportunity to present the work of other artists from Yorkshire and around the region throughout the year.”

Photographer Steven took over the running of the business three years ago and made the decision to build on the gallery’s reputation for displaying and selling contemporary original artwork.

“I believe there is an appetite for contemporary art. People are collecting art more and more because they enjoy it - the investment is a bonus. People don’t realise that you can buy a good original painting for as little as £500 - that makes it very affordable. It is a pleasure and a privilege to own an original piece of art.

“Within 30 miles of Brighouse there are many talented artists. We are pleased to exhibit their work and to reflect the range of styles they produce.”

Forthcoming exhibitions include the work of Larissa Moskaleva, originally from Siberia but now living in Hebden Bridge.

“Larissa is interesting because, whereas we tend to think of our Yorkshire landscape in terms of rather muted colours, she thinks it is incredibly bright and vibrant compared to Siberia - and that is reflected in her paintings,” said Steven.

Also coming up exhibitions by Huddersfield artists Catherine McGrath and Andrew Jenkin, landscape artist Julian Mason and painter Mark Sofilas whose experience of living in Australia for 20 years has influenced his views of the landscapes of the north of England and Scotland. The gallery is also holding a Big Art Sale from August 1 to 31.

“We have had some excellent and popular exhibitions over the years by artists such as Kate Lycett, Barry Pickersgill and Paul Talbot-Greaves. I think people appreciate the fact that the artists come to the openings and take the trouble to chat to customers about their work.

“The quality and range of artists this year is outstanding and reflects the standing of the gallery. I believe the gallery is a credit to my home town of Brighouse which has supported us whole-heartedly throughout our continued development.”