Sunday, 29 April 2012

A pop up art gallery

For weeks now my Dad has been urging me to pay a visit to a pop up art gallery that has appeared in town. Yesterday I finally got there. The fantastic art works on show have been produced by one man, Gerald Thornton, a self taught local artist who paints wonderful images of local scenes and local historical events. Gerald is very clever at capturing light and shade which I think creates a feel of a bygone age.

I was so thrilled to have Gerald all to myself for a while. We chatted about his work and what inspires him to paint and he told me the stories behind each piece of work. It was the best hour and a half I've spent in a while - truly inspiring!

The Forest of Dean where we live is historically known for coal mining, these paintings are created from memory of when Gerald was a boy and his father worked in the mines. This one shows his father returning home at the end of a hard day. I've bought a print of this one for my art room, I love the colours.

I loved this one too.

What do you think?


  1. I am glad to hear you had the chance to chat. I love to hear other artists talk about their inspiration and find it a great way to re-affirm our common humanity. (Sorry, that sounds a bit deep but I couldn't find a better way to say it).

    His work is full of light. I like his washing line painting very much.

  2. Bella, I liked that one too. He was just a little old man with a huge talent who was using an empty shop to show his paintings to anyone who would stop by and take the time to look.

  3. Wow what amazing art work its so full of expression and every day life. dee xx