The portraits, which took 3 years to complete, were painted as a kind of social record of Thurgoland's tradesmen. They also honour the ordinary working man – the skilled working men who are often needed, largely unsung and sometimes taken for granted - the men who often are not recognised outside their sphere of work. These sort of people don't often get their portrait painted or hung with the great and good in our National galleries – but Ann is doing her part to rectify this.
Ann has asked fellow members of Pennine Artists to join her in the 'Lines of Work' exhibition at the Cooper Gallery opening on Saturday 11th January at 11 a.m. The other artists have taken the title and interpreted it in their own unique way. The work on show is diverse in subject and media. The exhibition continues until Saturday 1st March.
Image: Craig Wragg, Electrician by Ann Parkin