Artist exhibition in York inspired by television series

DURING the lockdown, West Yorkshire artist David Greenwood has become fascinated with the story of

Gentleman Jack, from the recent television production.

He was inspired to produce a series of portraits of the characters Anne Lister and Ann Walker played by Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle.

As a native of Bradford and living close to Ann Walker’s family home in Shibden Hall near Halifax, David was able to travel there frequently to soak up the atmosphere of the place and produced breathtaking works, which will be exhibited at Kentmere House Gallery in York from May 7.

David has been a full-time artist since 1990, working primarily in pastel. Before that, his art took a back seat, as he took a degree in the humanities and taught adult literacy. In recent years he has become known for his paintings of cityscapes and buildings of northern cities, vividly capturing the activity and atmosphere of city streets.

David is also an accomplished portrait painter whose work was included in Facing North, a collection of self-portraits by Nordic artists published in 1998.

His work is now gaining a growing reputation and has been exhibited in galleries across North Yorkshire, including the nave of Bradford Cathedral, where he was artist-in-residence, and Newby Hall as part of its summer arts festival.

He said: “Pastel is my favorite medium because I have always loved to draw. I like its graphic nature: the pencil or chalk feels like an extension of my hand and conveys the gestures of a restless and nervous body.

His subjects are varied – architecture, landscapes, canals, portraits and racing scenes – but it is the movement that shines through in everything.

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