Urban art on show

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A collection of new works by renowned urban landscape artist Mark Nelson is to go on show at The Gallery at the Storey, Lancaster in April.

The exhibition, entitled A Northern View, is quite a coup for the gallery with Nelson’s work in great demand by collectors throughout the country.

Mark has strong ties to the city having been educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and then teaching art at Ripley St Thomas School.

To celebrate his love of the area, he will be unveiling three new works specially painted for the exhibition.

Mark said: “I have chosen the Gallery at the Storey for the show for several reasons.

“The Gallery itself is superbly appointed with fantastic light and space and when I was approached by them I was also very impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment of the Nice Enterprises team to bring the arts to Lancaster and Morecambe.

“I have always had a strong affinity with the area which is why I am delighted to be staging A Northern View in the city.”

Mark also played rugby for the Vale of Lune and remains the club’s record try scorer.

He is currently the head coach at Fylde Rugby Club having led them to promotion to National League One and establishing the club as one of the leading outfits in the North of England.

Mark is also head coach of the Lancashire county side leading them to five championships at Twickenham.

Mark has exhibited widely including shows at The Portico Gallery, Colin Jellicoe Gallery and The Blythe Gallery in Manchester, The Delamore Gallery, Devon and Art Deco Gallery, Whalley. He has also featured in numerous county magazines and was commissioned by Paul Heathcote to provide the paintings for his two-starred Michelin restaurant in Longridge.

His work forms the sleeve design for The Hollies “Then, Now and Always “album, on which he co wrote the title track with drummer Bob Elliott.

Throughout the exhibition Mark will be in residence on designated days working on a painting and will be delighted to discuss his work with visitors to the show.

There are several sponsorship packages available. For details contact Mark Nelson direct on mark.nelson@fylderugby.co.uk or 07736427111.

There will be a private showing on Friday April 5 prior to the public opening on April 6.