Local landscapes in new display
Landscape artworks based on the industrial archaeology of the area around Ilkeston and Shipley are at the centre of a new ‘Painting Local Light’ exhibition by local artist John Shiels which opens at Erewash Museum’s Lally Gallery on Saturday 21 January.
John has been painting full time for just over a year, having spent the previous 30 years as an art teacher. Born in Ilkeston, he lived and worked around the country before returning to his roots and moving back to his home town.
The inspiration for his paintings comes from local sites where, he says, ‘the ghosts of past industries are everywhere as nature struggles to reclaim the landscape’.
His exhibition will run until Saturday 25 February and John will be painting in the gallery during the first week of his exhibition.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We are delighted to be able to showcase this collection of work, which we know will delight anyone with an interest in art and the local area. This is the first new exhibition in 2017 and is a great one to launch what will be a busy year for our award winning museum.”