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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Some of north Norfolk’s most picturesque and celebrated landscapes can now be seen as never before.
Artist Bryan Harford has painted scenes from Heacham to Cley in the style of 1920s and 1930s railway posters for an exhibition taking place near Wells this weekend.
Included are sand dunes at Holkham, Bircham windmill, Brancaster beach, avocets at Cley and pink footed geese flying over The Wash.
Mr Harford, a former art teacher from York who taught art to inmates at HMP Wealstun, north Yorkshire for eight years, moved to Norfolk in 2012 to pursue a career as a full-time artist.
The 55-year-old, who lives in Ringstead, near Hunstanton, said: “I’ve had an interest in the old 1920s and 1930s railway posters for a long time.
“And north Norfolk is such a beautiful place with its unspoilt beauty, wide open spaces, big skies and very nice people as well.
“I’d been holidaying here for about 18 years and it had been a long-held ambition for my wife and myself to move here.
“To combine the passions for the railway poster art and north Norfolk is exciting and it’s great to be able to show these places in a different way.
“Back then each region had its own artist for the posters and I know Norwich, Hunstanton and Blakeney were depicted at the time but, to my knowledge, none of the places I have painted have been done this way before.”
Mr Harford said his work started after a friend asked him to produce some old railway poster style lettering for marketing material for his business.
He works by doing a sketch and a photograph of a landscape, painting it to A4 size and then scanning it on to a computer where he works on the piece further.
Mr Harford said: “It’s taken some time to hone the technique to my own style.
“What I’m pleased about is the way the work combines the traditional with the modern.”
Mr Harford said he plans to work his way around the Norfolk and Suffolk coast, painting landscapes as he goes.
His exhibition will focus mainly on the old railway poster style work but will also feature other styles, including still life paintings of objects on Norfolk beaches.
It takes place at Burnham Overy Staithe Village Hall from Friday until Sunday, from 10am until 5pm each day. Entry is free.
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