In late 2020 during the lockdown, Barewall were delighted to be able to bring a new collection of work by Stephen Liddle to the gallery. This included a collection of his older work made during the early outings with the Urban Sketchers.
The early work is most illustrative and stylised. It is a unique opportunity to acquire this work which we feel has elements of Julian Trevelyn's images of the Potteries.
Stephen Liddle is an artist living and working on the outskirts of the Stoke-on-Trent area.
Originally from a North East England mining town, he studied illustration in Wrexham, North Wales and after a few years in London moved to Stoke in the mid 90s.
Fascinated by the industrial landscape and history of the area, and the similarities with the terrace streets of the North East, he began walking the city, sketching, photographing, painting the buildings of Stoke’s industrial heritage.
Stephen grew up in Spennymoor a settlement original built in the 1930's in County Durham. This is also the place where artist and Pitman painter Norman Cornish studied at the art school set up their for the miners. Cornish was the last surviving member of the "Pitman's Academy" art school at the Spennymoor Settlement in County Durham in North East England and Stephen sites Cornish as an influence in his work.
Barewall were delighted to launch Stephen's first ever solo exhibition in Oct 2019 called Streets of Your Town.
It was a resounding success with all but one of the works remaining for sale which later sold. Making it a complete sell out solo show.
The show preview opened at Barewall Art Gallery, Friday 11 Oct 6.30 – 8.30pm and continued to Sat 9 Nov 2019. Many of the paintings were bought by collectors on the night as well as by visitors completely new to Stephen's work.
We now are continuing to promote Stephen's work with the introduction of new galleries in the North taking an interest and selling the work.