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…an Artist’s Life
Ashley Jackson, has had an extremely distinctive and illustrious life in the world of art. Since opening his first gallery back in 1963, he has become one of the country’s leading and most successful landscape watercolourists. His unique evocative and distinctive paintings of brooding moorlands have become synonymous with Yorkshire, and more particular the moors above and around his Gallery situated in the heart of the Pennines, Holmfirth. His works have been exhibited worldwide, and adorn the walls of many successful and famous people, from politicians to actors, from Tsars to Princes. Ashley was honoured when the former President of America Bill Clinton, an avid art collector, was presented with an original watercolour. Ashley throughout his career has always been an ambassador for the arts. He has strived through his life to encourage people not just to take up art, but to appreciate the beauty of the landscape around us. His exhibitions have included “Ashley Jackson One Man Exhibition” at Patchings Artfarm, Calverton Notts in 2003 and “Ashley Jackson’s Yorkshire Moors, a love affair” Victoria Quarter, Leeds in 2002. He has also held exhibitions in New York, Chicago and Milan. His awards include the 2006 Life Time Achievement Award from Yorkshire Awards, the 2007 Life Time Achievement Award from the Huddersfield Examiner. He is the present day Ambassador for Northernart. The local artist has done extensive charity work in the past and is part of the Prince’s Trust.
Chris Bond is a new author, was born in North Shields and is a graduate from the University of Central Lancashire. He joined the Yorkshire Post as a trainee news reporter in 2000. Since that time he has interviewed many iconic people such as Sean Bean, Patrick Stewart and Eddie Izzard. He is the current news & features writer for the Yorkshire Post….Ref: 1050
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