Art Exhibition at Gadsby’s Leicester Nov – Dec 2017
Artist Michael Clarke’s long established links with W. F. Gadsby’s continue. With his Christmas 2017, exhibition, of a varied selection of 9 of his oils and pastels, art works at Gadsby’s, gallery, 22 Market Place, Leicester, during November and December.
Michael thanks Mr. Peter Gadsby for inviting him to exhibit at the gallery again and for his kind help in displaying the exhibition.
Being best known for his railway landscape paintings of his Leicester West End roots, Michael’s show naturally features three railway topics including his large canvas original, powerful oil painting of “Leicester, Forest Road”.
In contrast to this inner city local railway scene, his oils. “Cornish Reflections” shows the early 1960’s rural tranquillity of Hemyock the GWR terminus of its Culm Valley branch line. As 0-4-2T tank locomotive waits to run round its red coach, reflected in the waters of the River Culm.
Michael demonstrates his versatility, with three large pastels of North Norfolk coastal scenes, where he now lives. Set at picturesque Brancaster Staithe, once a busy port to where large sailing ships carried cargo of coal and grain for a malt house.
But nowadays the harbour, known to scores of Leicestershire folk who enjoy holidays along the iconic North Norfolk coast, bustles with a thriving fishing industry and pleasure craft. There is also the freelance summary, in bright, contemporary style, oil on box canvas, “Blue skies, beach huts, sea and sand”
And also in two figurative works displayed. The nostalgia laced, ochre toned oils, “The Way Were . . cards, beer and cigarettes” set in the 1950’s. “It was an unusual and challenging topic for me,” said Michael. “I’ve never been a serious card player or smoked.
“But I feel the painting will strike a chord with many who like me grew up in and remember life the late 1940’s, early 1950’s and 60’s.
“Reminding them of past days of gatherings at home with friends and family around Leicestershire. Perhaps particularly during the festive season,” said Michael
“The second, is a pastel, “Special Moments”. Featuring a lady, enjoying relaxed moments of quiet escape seated on the side of her bath in the privacy of her bathroom with glass of wine available.”
Prints of Michael’s popular Leicester West End railway landscape paintings will also be available at the exhibition.
The exhibition Open Monday to Saturday 9 am to 5.30 pm daily from 24 November to 30 December, 2017.