Artist David Martin is causing a stir with his oil painting of Venice, one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

There’s nothing unusual in artists painting the canals of Venice but David’s picture is different.

Based on a classic 18th century view of the Grand Canal by Giovanni Canaletto, it features some of the most iconic buildings – of Dewsbury!

David, 61, of Thornhill, took early retirement as a designer and now earns a living as an artist.

Inspired by Dewsbury’s Yorkshire stone and Italianate architecture, David decided to re-create Canaletto’s landscape, complete with Dewsbury buildings.

Clearly identifiable on the picture are Dewsbury Town Hall, Pioneer House, Dewsbury Minster and the Markazi Mosque in Savile Town.

Also appearing are Victorian warehouse buildings in Wellington Road and Bond Street and several pubs including the Black Bull, the Market House, the West Riding and the Savile Arms at Thornhill.

Look closely and you’ll also see the water fountain in Savile Town.

David Martin's oil painting 'Canaletto Veduta?' depicting Dewsbury buildings in a Venetian setting
David Martin's oil painting 'Canaletto Veduta?' depicting Dewsbury buildings in a Venetian setting

David’s picture – called Canaletto Veduta? – proved star of the show when it went on display as part of Dewsbury Arts Group’s recent exhibition at Dewsbury Town Hall.

David said: “It is very much a painting of Venice but populated with 28 Dewsbury buildings.

“Venice still looks beautiful with Dewsbury buildings. Dewsbury has some fantastic buildings that we take for granted.”

David, who is married to Elizabeth, 60, paints in oils and watercolours and Yorkshire landscapes and seascapes are his usual subject choices.

“I just love painting and painted Canaletto Veduta? – which translates to Canaletto View? – for myself really,” he said.

“I didn’t think anybody else would be interested in it but it’s caused more interest than anything I have ever done before.”

David, who has painted portraits of former Mayor of Kirklees Clr Eric Firth and Dewsbury-born Channel swimmer Eileen Fenton, now plans to sell prints of his latest work.

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