SEVENTY pieces of artwork by renowned artist Peter Brook will be exhibited next week.
And it includes rare signed limited edition prints of the late artists’ most popular work.
The Smart Gallery at Redbrick Mill, Batley, has been selling Peter’s work for many years and following the success of last year’s event they are hosting another special collection of Peter Brook’s work.
The exhibition opens tomorrow, and runs until Friday, March 30.
Brook’s work has long been in demand.
He had been successful in London for many years where he was well known as the ‘Pennine Landscape Painter’, but it was Yorkshire where Peter was truly at home.
Born in Scholes in 1927 Peter spent a lot of his childhood surrounded by the farms, and landscapes, which became such an important part of his life.
He was educated at Barnsley Grammar School, before he trained as a teacher at Goldsmiths College, London.
After two years in the RAF Peter Brook, whose charming paintings often featured himself and his faithful dog Shep, returned to Yorkshire.
He became a teacher in Rastrick where he married Molly and found much of his artistic subject matter in the surrounding hills.
In 1962 he became an elected member of the Royal Society of British Artists.
Top actors such as Tom Courtenay, Rodney Bewes and the late Marsh-born Hollywood actor James Mason became collectors of his works.
Peter’s paintings, which also depicted the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, regularly sold for four and five-figure sums.
In the 1970s Peter’s artistic career took off when London art dealers Agnews began selling his works – many of which had amusing, quirky titles.
He was honoured by the Tate Gallery, which featured one of his pieces in their 2009 and 2011 desk diaries.
Sadly, Peter passed away in November 2009, aged 81, but his paintings remain as much in demand now as ever before.
The artist once said that he always painted subjects that he liked, and he was just lucky that other people liked them too, which was typical of him.
To see a collection of almost 70 pieces of the artist’s work, including originals, open edition, limited edition and rare collectable prints, as well as a new commemorative book, visit the Smart Gallery at Redbrick Mill, Batley.