Local artist’s work in town

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An award-winning painter and ceramicist from Ilkeston will show work from his fifty-seven-year-long career at Erewash Museum Ilkeston next month.

Paintings by Gary Sampson, A Retrospective, is a solo exhibition showing work from 1958 to 2014.

Gary, who now lives in Elton, describes the show as an opportunity to reflect on his career as an artist and of particular significance is that he was born in Ilkeston.

Gary said: “My most profound inspiration has been the stimuli I have obtained from the visual world, particularly that of the local environment I’ve experienced at different phases of my life.

“I want this exhibition to show the highly personal way my work has developed throughout my career.”

Although the majority of paintings are selected from the last 20 years, culminating with his current works, there are earlier paintings that show his connection with Ilkeston and also emphasise his all-embracing fascination with his environment.

Now an active member of Peak District Artisans and the Northern Potters Association, Gary takes part in a number of annual exhibitions including the Fine Art and Design Fair at Chatsworth, which runs from January 6 until March 13.

His work can also be found on permanent display at Buxton Museum and Erewash Museum amongst other local venues.

Paintings by Gary Sampson, A Retrospective runs at Erewash Museum, just off Ilkeston’s Market Place, from February 10 to March 30.