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.

The Yorkshire Dales

Before the final painting was completed, sixteen canvas tiles measuring 12”x10” were painted individually from the original drawing.

By combining these images together on a single canvas it formed the entire new painting. Before the final painting was completed, a permanent display of all sixteen canvasses was produced for exhibition purposes and we decided to retain the display as it provided a valuable insight into the construction of one of Ian’s major works.

Each of the tiles is dedicated to a specific area of the dales in an approximate geographical position. We show here the exhibition piece of sixteen tiles which is on display at the Somerville Gallery when open.

It is particularly interesting to view the three stages alongside each other from drawing to final article. We can see the emerging form and colour transitions accommodating minor changes throughout the developing work.

The sixteen separated canvasses allow for individual paintings of each area to be created for the purpose of new subjects. Individual prints of selected areas can be ordered.