Artist Alison Bradley is best known for her depictions of landscapes and rural life in Snowdonia but has launched four new collections to coincide with the opening of her Chester gallery.
Alison, whose new shop at 42 Watergate Street features all her own work, is now creating pieces around the themes of Chester, Wirral and the borders, equestrian, and still life.
Working in charcoal and oils, the city centre gallery is currently displaying a drawing of St Werburgh Street in late afternoon and paintings of the Walls, The Groves, the Eastgate Clock, the Old Dee bridge and one entitled ‘Five Point Turn’ which evolved from Alison studying horses in motion.
The originals are for sale alongside more affordable limited edition reproduction prints.
Alison, whose first shop is located in the beautiful Alpinesque village of Betws-y-coed in North Wales, explained why she and her partner Jon Davis – a picture framer – wanted to open a second gallery in Chester.
She said: “We’ve been in Snowdonia and Betws-y-coed for eight years, inspired by the mountains and the landscapes of Snowdonia but we do have a base in the Clwydians as well. We came over to Chester, it would have been last summer, and had a look around and thought why don’t we open here too?
“We have a lot of visitors from North Wales in Chester and also in Betws-y-coed a lot of people from this area coming over for the weekend so it made sense.”
Talking about depicting Chester in artistic form, she continued: “I paint in oil and draw in charcoal so I’ve started drawing and painting the local area as well. The architecture is fantastic, especially when the light’s falling on it at the end of the day and you get all those shadows.”
Alison’s new gallery is in a prime location in Watergate Street – the heart of Chester’s independent shopping area and the traditional home of the city’s art galleries.
The building is thought to date from the 14th century and has seen several uses over the centuries including as the Carnarvon Castle pub for more than a hundred years and latterly as Corbett’s bookmakers.
Although the opening of the Chester gallery and new subject areas are ‘an exciting new chapter’ in Alison’s business, she will never forget it was the people and the landscapes of North Wales that inspired her to turn her passion for art into her profession ten years ago.
And the Snowdonia pictures for which Alison is known will continue to be the mainstay of her work and a significant portion of the exhibits in Chester.
Both galleries are open 10am to 5pm seven days per week, with extended hours during busier period. For more information, visit her website.