An artist has produced a calendar of paintings reflecting on Cheadle in the past. Alan Fernihough has been producing paintings of Uttoxeter, Cheadle, Ashbourne, Rocester and Alton for a few years now – with the aim of giving those who view his creations a ‘blast from the past.'
An artist has produced a calendar of paintings reflecting on Cheadle in the past.
Alan Fernihough has been producing paintings of Uttoxeter, Cheadle, Ashbourne, Rocester and Alton for a few years now – with the aim of giving those who view his creations a ‘blast from the past.’
Alan, who lives in Uttoxeter, has done this by researching old black and white postcards, going back to the Victorian times, and reproducing them in colour and adding period costumes and transport to match those dates.
Alan told Times & Echo: “I also use the original paintings to produce prints for people to purchase of their favourite locations too.”
Talking about how Alan got into producing artwork, he said: “After leaving school in Ashbourne I went to study Graphic Design at Derby College of Art and gained my Diploma in Art in 1973.
“I then worked in several agencies before a change of career back in 2009 which was to become an Art Tutor at HMP Dovegate in Marchington.
“This was an interesting job to say the least but I found it very rewarding to see the progress in the prisoners work with some of them gaining national recognition at the annual Koestler Awards in London.
“Upon retiring in 2019 I decided that I still had a lot to offer teaching art so I decided to start my own local art class (in Uttoxeter) which proved to be very popular until we had to close in March 2020 due to Covid restrictions.
“Upon opening the class again in July 2021 I then was requested to open further classes in Ashbourne.”
Alan added: “My students are keen to learn the basics of drawing and painting as well as the social atmosphere of these classes and already some of them have been amazed at their own skills.
“The classes are available to all ages and abilities and cover all types of medium from pencil drawing through to watercolour, acrylics and even oils.”
Alan’s Uttoxeter class is due to have an exhibition at the end of July for them to show their achievements, although a date has not been set as yet.
The Ashbourne class exhibition will be at St Oswald’s Church Hall on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31.
Alan has also produced a 2023 Calendar entitled Cheadle in the Past. They will be available to purchase – at £10 each – from Cheadle Market on July 30, August 28, October 1, November 5, and December 3.
For further information about Alan’s artwork and classes, go online to: www.alanfernihoughimages.com.
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