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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Broken Boats

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Ian who was born in 1946 is a successful, professional Yorkshire based artist. Whilst creating museum grade reproductions of paintings by Da Vinci and the likes of Degas, he specialises in his own unique style of abstract expressionism. His original work has been auctioned on more than one occasion at the Royal Academy in London and he has consistently received critical acclaim from the press.

’Broken Boats’ was finally completed early 2017 in oils on canvas. In common with Ian’s later career work the images are blended into a semi abstract, almost geometric composition. The scene reflects a seashore on the Isle of Mull where two boats were left in a decomposing state. Ian first painted the scene in realism seen here and then prepared an abstract version for the front cover. It is a good example of Ian’s abstract construction process.

Limited edition prints of the work are available £180 from Somerville Arts or selected art retailers.

Ian Middleton’s studio can be found at Wharfe Brow, Manor Park, Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire LS29 7HJ

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