Somerville Gallery and the Coronavirus

Due to the current Coronavirus situation we have taken the sensible precaution to suspend formal opening hours of the Somerville Gallery in Otley. Whilst the foot count of visitors is usually not very heavy in a concentrated fashion, the nature of the screen panelling is such that close contact with other people is inevitable.

Should anyone wish to visit the Gallery we are quite happy to accommodate by appointment only for the time being.

By telephoning Ian or Jayne directly at the studio in Burley in Wharfedale : 01943 864349 arrangements can be made to suit most circumstances.

Ian will work solely from the studio for the time being.

We will keep the website updated with news as it develops and please don’t forget that most products can be distributed on line.

Royal Academy Auction 2017

The Ilkley Gazette and associated newspapers reported as follows

For the second year in a row, professional artist Ian Middleton who works out of his studio in Burley in Wharfedale helped contribute to the cancer charity event hosted by the Academy and Marie Curie on 11th July 2017 in London.

The event raised in excess of £100,000 net during a private evening of viewing the Academy’s 2017 Summer Exhibition.

This year Ian’s painting of ‘Cry From The Edge II’ was accepted for auction. It is a highly original expressionist work dealing with man’s destruction of nature and the environment featuring over sixty abstract, concealed animals.

Yorkshire born Ian is receiving critical acclaim for his unique style which has gradually emerged over the last ten years.

His current project called simply ‘1812’ and which will be completed over the next few months is set to break new artistic grounds, he believes.

The painting combines realism and abstract approaches to plot the story of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in that year. The musical score of Tchaikovsky’s overture will be extracted to compliment the parts of the painting which figured in the composer’s work. So we have art, music and history all combined to produce a very exciting, colourful and logical result.

Visitors are very welcome to pop into his studio and see the work developing for themselves.