local artists Geoff Rollinson and David Lyons are featured in the 2012 Selectors’ Prize Exhibition at the Seward’s Galley at Clitheroe Castle.
Each year the exhibition is awarded to the outstanding entry at the previous “Inspired” Ribble Valley Open exhibition. This year the members of the selection panel were unable to choose between “Wren on Briar”, by Geoff Rollinson, and “Bonnie and Clyde”, by David Lyons. Consequently, the Steward’s Gallery is very proud to present outstanding work by both artists.
Geoff is one of the country’s leading wildlife artists and was recently commissioned by the University of Central Lancashire to paint a picture to present to HM Queen Elizabeth II. He lives and works in the beautiful Ribble Valley.
His lifelong love and knowledge of the countryside is evidenced in his paintings, attention to fine detail being his trademark. A large part of his work includes commissions of pets, horses and farm stock, with his paintings being owned and exhibited nationally and worldwide. Geoff also has his own Gallery in Ribchester.
David Lyons was born in Barrowford and has lived in Lancashire all his life. It was his early involvement in school projects that motivated him to pursue a career in art, which moved from teaching into graphics in 1972, when commercial art was the mainstay of his work.
Now, as a full time artist working from his studio near Barley, at the foot of Pendle Hill, the subject matter of David’s work can be more varied. He is known mainly for paintings of rural machinery (specifically tractors), old vehicles, domestic and farm animals and more recently for wildlife. David’s style is to show the subject in a realistic way and to add softer, even semi abstract backgrounds on a highly textured multi-coloured surface.
The Selectors’ Prize Exhibition at the Steward’s Gallery opens on June 16th and runs until July 15th and the works of art featured will be for sale.