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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Polar Bears

5 Polar Bears Royal Academy

The original oil painting of this print was completed in 2009 and presented to the Marie Curie charity for a successful auction at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition of 2016. it is now in private hands.

There are five polar bears depicted in a semi abstract mode and setting where the younger one sits on top of an ice peak and looks anxiously down to its mother with it’s baby curled up at the bottom. Two other adult bears look on in curiosity one of which is the father and he is clearly providing some form of encouragement to the stranded bear.

Only 150 signed and certificated, limited edition prints of the main work have been released for purchase at £180 directly from Somerville Arts or selected art retailers.

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

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