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?