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Friday, 6 May 2011

Yorkshire in Watercolour by Les Packham

Product Description
Yorkshire is a fascinating and diverse county and its topography provides many inspiring vistas for the landscape artist. This book portrays the Yorkshire landscape through the eyes of one of the county's most versatile and best known watercolourists. From the Pennines to the coast, over the North Yorkshire Moors and through the Wolds to the industrial south of the region, this book encompasses everything to please lovers of this remarkable county. The book accompanies the exhibition of the same name.
The book includes large towns and cities such as Leeds, York, Huddersfield, Sheffield, coastal towns and villages such as Bridlington, Staithes and Whitby, and also includes a selection of smaller places, such as Haworth, home of the Brontёs.
About the Author
Les Packham is a proud Yorkshireman with huge enthusiasm for anything to do with his native county. He is a self taught painter inspired by the great early English and Victorian watercolourists. For Les, watercolour is the ultimate medium. He has become well known through his contribution to various Yorkshire publications and also for his best selling calendar 'Yorkshire in Watercolour'. He has exhibited in London at the House of Commons, The Mall Galleries, The University Womens' Club and the former Royal Naval Dockyards at Chatham. Nearer to home he has, among other venues, had one man exhibitions at Skipton Castle, Mount Grace Priory, Nunnington Hall and Cannon Hall as well as exhibiting at the Ferens Gallery Hull and the Mercer Gallery Harrogate. For the past few years he and his wife Judith have been instrumental in organising the Art Show at the Great Yorkshire Show. His clients include The National Trust and English Heritage. Les lives in Wakefield with his wife and rescued Staffordshire Bull Terrier Brontё. He was awarded the MBE in the Millennium Honours List for his services to road safety.

I have never been to Yorkshire, however I have watched many programmes set in Yorkshire and always admire the scenery and landscape from afar. When opening this book I was again admiring the landscape and wishing myself there. Each turn of the page showed another print of Les Packham's stunning watercolour work, along with a brief summary by Packham of the subject and any personal anecdotes or facts about the setting.

This would be a beautiful book to give as a gift to lovers of Yorkshire landscape, art lovers or fans of Les Packham and the chance to own all of his work in one handy book. They are beautiful and I would love to visit the settings for all of these paintings.

Thank you to Jeremy Mills Publishers for sending me a copy of this book to review.

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