Mark’s coastal view

Artist Mark Sofilas
Artist Mark Sofilas

Visitors to the latest exhibition at the Harrison Lord Gallery, Brighouse, will almost be able to feel the sun on their faces and smell the salt in the air.

The exhibition ‘Coastal’ will feature more than 50 original new paintings and prints reflecting the British fascination for the coastline, cliffs, beaches and harbours round our shores.

Headlining the show is work by gallery favourite Mark Sofilas. Orinally from Australia, he sees the Yorkshire coast with fresh eyes and his paintings are full of colour and drama.

Other artists in the show include Sheila Venamore, whose vibrant harbour scenes are always a hit with collectors, Stephen Todd, Rachel Grant, Val Jordan, Barbara Renton-Wood, Ken Hammond and Bridget Wilkinson.

Gallery owner Steven Lord said: “I commissioned a group of our top artists to produce work on the theme of our wonderful coast. As ever they have come up trumps with a wonderful mix of exciting work.

“As an island race I think we all have some connection with the coast, whether it’s a day trip to Filey or messing about in boats.

“This exhibition captures all that emotion of a trip to the seaside and it’s bound to bring back happy memories of summer holidays and put smiles on faces.”

The central theme of the exhibition is the Yorkshire coast but there are also scenes of the Welsh and Scottish coastline with paintings of quaint harbour views and the brashness of North Wales holiday resorts.

The exhibition ‘Coastal’ opens at the Bradford Road gallery on Saturday and runs until August 28.

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