Joe born in Armley, Leeds in 1908, was a prolific Sporting and Landscape Artist and regularly exhibited from the mid thirties until his untimely death in 1960 keeping extensive records, which has enabled us to showcase many of his paintings and sketches and gain an insight into his life.
Primarily self-taught, Joe attended night classes at Leeds College of Art just after the war, passing the Ministry of Education Intermediate Examination in Art and Craft in August 1948 before becoming a tutor at the college in the early 1950s.
The catalyst for posting this site in 2002 was Joe's unpublished book "Riding through the Ridings", written
in 1947, about a Coach Journey from Doncaster to Darlington along the Great North Road. An unsuccessful attempt was made in 1984 to have it published. Now when you are "Riding through the Ridings" you can view over fifty beautiful pencil drawings and colour reproductions.
Joe's paintings are far flung. One
of his earliest paintings, that of Adel Church, Leeds, known to be in
South Africa in the early nineties, has been rediscovered in his home
county of Yorkshire and only fifteen miles from Adel. Another eight images (282 - 289) were "flown in" by an American Collector who used to work in Yorkshire.
All Joe’s sketches are in collection at Leeds Art Gallery and further works are represented in collections at Art Galleries in Doncaster, Bradford, Huddersfield, Harrogate, Wakefield, Newcastle, Lancaster and The Leeds University Brotherton Collection. Four oil paintings from these collections feature in the online home of Art UK.
Joe's Art Galleries
This is my favourite painting of Joe's
This is my favourite sketch of Joe's
How's that for economy of line!
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Originally posted with over 200 illustrations, this site now boasts almost 450 illustrations. We are particularly indebted to the many contributors from across the World
who have provided both photographic and digital images.
KEEP 'EM COMING! - THANK YOU
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