YOUNG brilliance is the title of the current show at the Smith Art Gallery in Brighouse.
And the exhibition does indeed reflect some excellent work by students from Brighouse, Brooksbank, Rastrick and Hipperholme and Lightcliffe schools, often inspired by artists who have worked with them.
Hipperholme and Lightcliffe students studied the work of Mark Murphy and the late Peter Brook, a well-known artist who was born in nearby Scholes and died last November aged 83.
Some looked at rural surroundings while others explored urban environments and took their cue from the street art of Banksy, an anonymous artist whose works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cites throughout the world.
This resulted in a varied and imaginative selection of work in paint, print, textile and ceramic forms.
‘Love makes the world go round’ Bliss Rycroft insists in her mixed media piece in colourful graffiti style, with a black background of tower blocks and other buildings.
‘Make love, not bombs’ is the message in Annabelle Taylor’s piece and ‘We believe in the children of the future’ adds to that. Becky Tomlinson has chosen some lovely colouring for her urban land and skyscape.
Ceramics by Lewis Jaques and Ross Peel are worth a mention and so is Eva Akesson’s dark parkland piece with its lonely figure.
Young artists from Rastrick worked with photographer Lizzie Combes, looking at what they found special in views of Brighouse and the school’s local environment.
This has produced some excellent shots with a great variety of subject matter, from flower studies to trees and graffiti to displays of apples, watches, a monument and a church.
Superheroes was a rather different theme in the exhibition where students explored animation, graphic layout and favourite comic book heroes. Rachel Wilde chose flower power and Nick Pollard the Samurai Ninja.
Students were encouraged to demonstrate their own strengths and fears in the project with Dominic Madden giving us Captain Awesome, Gurpeet Bhogal Fashionista and Annabel Collier Flexibelle.
Brighouse High students showed work by the school’s newly-established GCSE photography group who visited Alnwick Garden in Northumberland. There is a lovely sheep painting and some beautiful flower and waterfall studies.
Working on themes of natural forms and the photographs of Bob Kesseler, Brooksbank students produced some well-designed ceramic work by Ellis Lee, Abigail Bradley and others.
Working with local artist Jamie Oughtibridge, pupils at the Elland school also completed a finer series of seven contemporary portraits, almost in Warhol style, along with 12 paintings of natural forms.
l The Smith Art Gallery is on Halifax Road, Brighouse and opens 10am-4pm on Saturday, and every day from 10am until 6pm except Wednesday when it is closed.