The Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead has a fascinating exhibition on at present and I’m pleased to be a part of it as a member of ‘Two Rivers’ Art Group. The exhibition is called ‘Wirral Villages Revisited’ and depicts original works of local scenes painted mostly by artists in the early 20th century. (The artist Harold Hopps has many of his works stored by the gallery). They are now getting ‘an airing’ on the walls alongside the same scenes painted by artists today. The new works will be kept by the Williamson but there are prints for sale at only 15,00.
There is historical information to accompany each pair of paintings and it’s enjoyable for young and old alike to play a game of ‘Spot the Difference’ around the gallery walls. When I painted Birkenhead Priory I became interested in how the trees had matured and also how the priory has a modern extension built in the ruins. The cranes tell their own story about the growth, near closure and rebirth of shipbuilding at Cammell Laird.