Community Centre and Gallery
Main Street, Shap, Cumbria, CA10 3NL
David French G.R.A.
Born in 1944, in Liversedge, West Yorkshire, David has had a lifelong interest in railways.
He started his working life as a Commercial Artist in the Photographic Industry, before moving into the Textile Industry, where he spent the next 40 years as a Carpet Designer. On retirement, he could devote more time to painting and became a member of the Guild of Railway Artists, achieving the GRA after 3 years as an associate member.
Living now in the Lake District, David also paints other subjects including landscapes and wildlife. His mediums are acrylics and watercolours.
Having lived and worked in Cumbria since 1983, it was inevitable that on my retirement I would renew my long standing hobby in railway subjects and railway painting in particular.
My passion for trains, started early in childhood, would later develop through various drawings and paintings, becoming an Associate of the Guild of Railway Artists in 1983.
Despite having exhibited examples of my work at the time, including four of my images published in the Guild’s first book; The Great Western Collection, my painting career was put on hold until 2011.
These paintings reflect my ongoing commitment to this subject.
Nicholas Leigh is a Contemporary Landscape Artist born and based in the Lake District.
He studied Foundation Art at Leeds College of Art and Design and Fine Art at Loughborough University. He is now based in Kendal where he works as a Fire-fighter.
His works are inspired by his love of the Cumbrian Fells, nature and of mountains of the world. He enjoys fell running and the outdoors and is keen to capture the fleeting moments from the places he visits.
Nick works mainly with oil paint to create unique and original paintings. He has recently been exploring the theme of 1930's Railway Posters with a modern twist; he also takes on commissions in a variety of styles, which can be viewed on his website.
Chris Pulham G.R.A.
I was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire in the fifties, where steam, smoke and coal were an everyday occurrence. Riding behind a steam locomotive meant a day at the seaside or a holiday, so every visit to the local railway station was memorable.
I started painting railway art mainly for my husband, an ardent railway modeller and my biggest fan, but soon became hooked on painting railway subjects for myself.
I became an associate member of the Guild of Railway Artists in 2013 and a full member in 2017. I have exhibited my paintings at the Guild’s ‘Railart’ exhibitions since 2013.
A special highlight last year, was a solo exhibition entitled ‘Railways on Canvas’ hosted by the NRM ‘Locomotion’ which ran for six weeks.
James is self taught artist who lived and worked in Lancashire before moving to Sedbergh, Cumbria, where he and his wife opened Main Street Gallery.
James paints in both oil and water colour and his subjects are varied, railways being one of them, as well as landscapes,townscapes, marine, Venice, mnotor racing and other sports.
You can view more of his work on the gallery website.