THERE’S a conventional feel to Brighouse Art Society’s annual exhibition at the Smith Gallery, but there’s plenty of good, competent work.
Taking the pleasing animal pictures, for instance, like Diane Ellis’s shepherd and sheep in One Man and His Dog (acrylic) and Jean Webster’s swans in Making a Big Splash and Swanning About (watercolours).
Joan Leslie’s ape, In Deep Thought, (watercolour and pencil) is another reminder of Darwinism, of which we’ve heard such a lot recently.
Victor Knutton’s Monsieur Maurice le Chat is a charming acrylic study of a feline decked out in beret and scarf.
Among the flower paints, I enjoyed Williams Wells’ bold Fuchsias (oil), Carole Wood’s Allotment 2 (acrylic) and Simon Owczarenico’s striking New Season (acrylic).
In the landscapes, William Wells provides plenty of detail in his watercolour of St Mark’s Square, Venice, while, in contrast, Bob Mantle’s freely painted Breezy Day Don’t Stray (acrylic) makes effective use of heavy brushwork.
Brian Edwards’ In the Old Town, Rhodes (acrylic) is a delightfully-lit and inviting scene and Katherine Bolton uses stylised treatment well in her silk painting Holiday Memories.
There’s a delightfully fresh feeling to Les Boothroyd’s Bluebells painting (acrylic), while Brian Edwards brings us a feeling of serenity with his beautifully painted acrylic, Antarctica.
Matthew Evans again excels with his dark Scottish seascapes in various media and Bob Keogh’s Storm Offshore (acrylic) is realistically evoked.
Martin Farrar’s two cricket pictures, M S Dhoni and Switch-hit (acrylic) are full of colour and action. Bob Mantle’s Over the Trenches – Bristol FB2, a First World War biplane (watercolour) and Brian Edwards’ Spitfire in Out of the Blue (acrylic) are perfect images of flight.
Victor Knutton takes us into the past with an old Halifax Corporation bus on loan to London Transport (watercolour) and two characterful portraits are Terence Whitwell’s The Tribesman (watercolour) and Heidi Farrar’s Laura Croft, Tomb Raider (pencil).
The exhibition continues until April 18.
About 20 new paintings by contemporary landscape artist Andy Fullalove from Holmfirth have gone on show at an exhibition at the Coterie Gallery in Sheffield.
All the works are oil on canvas, many of them are large pieces up to 6ft in height.
The exhibition runs until April 2 at the Coterie Gallery, High Green, Sheffield S35 3HY.
Andy can be contacted on 07790 966413, email firstname.lastname@example.org and the website is www.andyfullalove.com