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.


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This painting is scheduled for release at the beginning of 2018 when 1812 limited addition prints will be available for distribution. The work has been two years in the making and a comprehensive workbook encapsulating all of Ian’s ideas and sketches has been kept. This allows for an incredible insight into the planning element necessary to produce such a unique piece. This will be available for showing at exhibitions featuring the work.

The painting plots the 1812 doomed struggle of Napoleon Bonaparte of France in his endeavours to defeat Russia in a such a way that they would be neutralised in their trading support of Great Britain.

Tchaikovsky wrote his most famous overture in celebration of the event and a musical summary of each stage is included by the artist. Semi abstract and realism art are combined together in Ian’s self styled ‘Rubistic’ application.

It is believed that two styles of art, historical narrative and music have never before been combined into one single painting. The painting still requires various glazes and top colour coats for it to be finally completed.

The launch of the painting will be from the Art Works Gallery in Otley, details of which will be announced in due course. Limited edition prints will also include a free booklet and video on the making of the work.

The response by existing clients and the public at large has been overwhelming with the highest figure ever recorder for advanced orders at Somerville Arts.

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