Royal Exchange

Joe Scarborough
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A charming hand-varnished canvas on board by nostalgic artist Joe Scarborough.

Former coal miner Joe Scarborough brings a sense of theatre to his vibrant pieces, which are inspired by Impressionism and the drama of real life.

Each artwork features his signature four-inch figures and scenes reminiscent of the 1950s and 60s. Like Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, he first paints the canvas orange to create movement. The figures are then sketched in with a pencil, before raw umber is applied and dark lines are added once the paint is dry.

This piece is inspired by Sheffield’s Royal Exchange Buildings – a Grade II-listed site on a bend in the city’s River Don. Joe adds: “On Fridays, the steelworkers’ wives wait for their husbands’ wages before the siren call of the nearby pubs, Big Gun and the Royal Oak.”

Image size: 28in x 21in 71cm x 53cm
Framed size: 35in x 28in 89cm x 71cm
Edition size: 95
Subject: Humour

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