Born in Salford in 1934, Harold Riley attended Salford Grammar school and sold his first painting to the City Art Gallery when he was 11.
In 1960 after completing his studies in London, Florence and Spain. Harold returned to Salford where he now lives and works. He believed his main work was to the city and his life-cycle in Salford paintings, drawings and photographs.
His work is held in both public and private collections.
Thanks to Salford City Council, an archive and studio have been created for him in a conservation area around the old fire station.
There Harold will continue and his drawings, paintings, and photographs of the city will be housed, as well as his extensive collection of sports studies.
Harold Riley sadly passed away on 18 April 2023 after a hugely successful career in the arts making many friends across the North and with many sporting legends.