Artists do like to be beside the seaside

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Yorkshire artists will be bringing bracing sea views to Brighouse in the exhibition In the Harbour which opens on Saturday.

The Harrison Lord Gallery in Bradford Road is hosting the exhibition by five artists who are all known for their seascapes and coastal views.

Gallery owner Steven Lord said: “The exhibition aims to reflect the love the British have for coastal scenes.

“The varied and diverse paintings on show cover impressionistic seascapes, quaint cottages and bobbing boats - there should be something for everyone.”

One of the artists headlining the show is Sue Nichol, based in Sheffield, who is drawn to the coast of east Yorkshire.

She said: “I love Staithes, the people, the houses huddled together against the elements and the fishing boats that bob around in the harbour and beck. They are a challenge to draw and paint but one that I never tire of.

“I find constant inspiration in the sea in all its moods. I am always striving to capture its movement and strength and I find it both fascinating and frightening.”

Sue has submitted 15 new original paintings, all of which reflect her passion for the coast and its heritage.

“I have been exploring the work of the fisherman along the coast from Filey to Boulmer. Cobles are the fishing boat of choice and I have been able to get some interesting compositions of fishermen going about their daily work.”

For the first time Sue has included a picture of a trawler at sea, inspired by the book Kindly Folk and Bonny Boats by author and artist Gloria Wilson.

Other artists in the exhibition, which runs until May 11, are Anne Aspinall, whose work is found in collections in Europe, the US and Australia and who is exhibiting 11 original paintings.

Also taking part will be Nola McGaul, Emily Mugridge and Sheila Venamore of north Yorkshire.

For more information contact 01484 722462.