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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Work In Progress

Work in Progress

Original drawing on canvas completed July 2019

Work in Progress

Bolton Abbey and Cow & Calf first colours April 2020

Work in Progress

Right-hand side developed and bottom left Burley Woodhead November 2020

Work in Progress

Three-quarters of Underpainting completed December 2020

Work in Progress

Underpainting complete January 2021. Time to finesse colours

Work in Progress

Section of Cow & Calf area showing stronger colour build up and highlights January 2021

Ilkley ‘Work in Progress’

The drawing for Ilkley was started in 2019 and the painting constructed on canvas is still in the process of being finished.

The various stages of applying the paint over the drawing are shown here. A few variations and additions have occurred since the original drawing in the interests of composition and satisfying public suggestions.

Interestingly, for example, is the ‘The Ilkley Moor Bah Tat’ song of two lovers courting on Ilkley Moor, he without the hat. Ducks, worms and burial are all included with the two cameo figures featured in the rock area (left-hand side). Also ‘Donkey Jackson’ the turn of the century donkey taxi proprietor who supplied rides to the spa areas is included at his operating base near the main

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