SHOPPERS can soon carry a little bit of Yorkshire in their pocket.
As part of its 150th anniversary, artist Ashley Jackson, has been commissioned by Yorkshire Bank to provide a painting to be used on a debit card.
Importantly for Ashley the image of Cut Gate, Langsett Moor will be on a debit, not a credit card so users will not be getting into debt.
The bank believes it could be the first time an original painting has been reproduced in this way.
The work is entitled ‘Earth to Earth, life’s pathway’.
Ashley told The Examiner: “Originally the idea was that we could put a painting on a cheque book but during one meeting they said ‘why not a card?’
“I nearly fell off my chair. It’s fantastic to think that all over the world people could be carrying it.
“I won’t be profiting as the money goes to hospices UK.”
On the momentous day when the cards rolled off the presses in Southampton Ashley was on hand to be presented with a silver plaque.
Approaching his 70th birthday it will be a busy year, with the April launch of his biography and a major exhibition in October “the Power and the Passion – Ashley Jackson’s Love Affair with Yorkshire.
For the artist the brush with mass production on the bank card has not altered his opinion that art has to be about instinct.
He said: “I’ve been doing this for 55 years and I’ve never known a snobbier profession.
“The art world is run by pseudo-intellectuals. We don’t need someone to explain what a piece of work is about, we get that feeling ourselves.
“The word art derives from ‘skill’ and although there are young, talented people there is not a lot of skill about.”
Dean Cutbill, director for Yorkshire Bank, added: “It’s a pleasure to have Ashley on board to celebrate our 150th anniversary.
“He has been an inspiration to people in Yorkshire during his career.”