Chris Holland has been a constant exhibitor at Beckstones Art Gallery for many years. Born in Lancashire in 1946, Chris Holland received no formal training in painting but exhibited a rare talent from an early age and painted for pleasure, often steam locomotives, during the earlier part of his life. His professional career began in 1976 on a part-time basis, painting mainly British steam railways in watercolour or gouache. Chris Holland’s work has appeared in many exhibitions since 1978, including The Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Annual Exhibitions. During the 1990’s Chris Holland began to concentrate on Lake District landscapes in addition to his beloved locomotives in a photo-realistic style which he has now perfected. Working mainly in gouache, his paintings display a depth and intensity rarely found in watercolour landscapes. Chris Holland also paints with acrylics or oils. His fine draughtsmanship, attention to detail and ability to capture the lifelike realism of the subject combine to make his work much sought after. In 2000 Chris Holland became an Associate Member of the Guild of Railway Artists and has exhibited work at most ‘Railart’ exhibitions since that time. He was elected to full membership in 2004.
If approaching the gallery from Penrith or the M6 heading East on the A66 there is a major diversion in place to the gallery via Motherby. Instead of this we would recommend taking the first turning right to Newbiggin shortly after the Rheged roundabout, follow the road through the village and then turn left as you come out of the village. Follow the road up the hill past the recycling centre and turn right at the bend where you will see our brown tourist board sign, follow the lane and signs to the gallery. Altenatively take B5288 from Penrith to Greystoke turning left left to the gallery less than a quarter of a mile out of Greystoke.
Otherwise please follow the diversion signs on the A66 - they will successfully get you here but it will take 10 minutes longer.
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