Show celebrates landscape

Gillian's work will be on show at the Old School Gallery
Gillian's work will be on show at the Old School Gallery

A North Northumberland gallery will launch its first exhibition of the season at the end of the month.

The Old School Gallery in Alnmouth will be showcasing a joint display of the work of Gillian Lee Smith and Paul West.

Both painters are new to Northumberland and their works celebrate our local landscape and coast with a bold, contemporary viewpoint.

Originally from the East Coast of Scotland, Gillian Lee Smith moved to Northumberland in 2016 having been a reluctant city dweller for 15 years.

Gillian’s mixed media paintings are an exploration of heritage and how the past has shaped us.

She uses her art to explore the affect of communities on the landscape and for this exhibition Gillian has looked at the way harbour villages mark that place between land and sea.

Her depictions of the beautifully worn cottages of Craster and Boulmer are full of story and atmosphere and sit alongside her more abstract work of harbour walls crossed with ropes and ladders and the line of the tide.

London-based artist Paul West draws inspiration from his frequent travels to visit family in Northumberland and his strong sense of connection with the countryside.

His background in graphic design brings a distinctive style to his paintings, with a striking use of bold colour, broken up with lines of tractor tracks across the fields and hills.

Paul’s take on landscape rejoices in the low horizons and huge skies that characterise the Northumbrian landscape and helps us to enjoy it in a fresh light.

The exhibition opens at the gallery on Friday, April 28, and will run until Friday, June 5.

The gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

For more information about the exhibition or the venue, see the gallery’s website at