HOLMFIRTH artist Ashley Jackson is contributing to Britain’s cashless society.
Work by the renowned watercolourist is to feature on Yorkshire Bank debit cards as part of the bank’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
The release of the cards has been hailed as a first for art in the region. The painting will appear on the cards of private banking customers as part of Yorkshire Bank’s financial changeover to MasterCard debit.
Said Ashley: “My relationship with Yorkshire Bank goes back a very long way. I opened my first account with Yorkshire Penny Bank when I was 14 years old.
“I am delighted to be working with the bank during its 150th anniversary celebrations, in the same way that it has supported me throughout my career.”
Ashley said providing art for the debit card met his ambitions to raise the profile of art among different people.
He added: “Customers will genuinely have a piece of Yorkshire in their pocket – representing Yorkshire and art wherever they use the card, be it New York, London or Newcastle.”
The painting chosen for the card is of Cut Gate, Langsett Moor. The original measures 3ft by 4ft and was painted by Ashley on the largest watercolour paper available.As well as the painting being used on the new cards, limited prints of the painting will be auctioned to raise funds for charity Help the Hospices.