W B Hindmarsh – a profile

William Hindmarsh is a self-taught artist who works with several media. He spent his childhood and formative years in rural Northumberland and has been inspired by the landscape and changing moods of the North East coast.

In 1957, at the age of 15, he started work as an apprentice electrician at Linton Colliery and worked in various mines for 12 years, witnessing changes from heavy manual work to advanced automation.

At the age of 18 he won a special prize at the National Coal Board art competition and sold  a painting to Mathias, Spencer & Sons international coal equipment suppliers and the image was circulated world-wide including Russia and America in Iron and Coal Magazine, the depiction of a pit pony giving rise to much comment.

In 2000 he fulfilled a lifetime ambition to become a professional artist.

His subjects vary from landscapes to figurative painting and he enjoys the challenge of different media and subjects, therefore his artwork is diverse and depends on the subject and his inclination at the time.

Depicting his mining experiences prove popular and, as many people can still remember their fathers and grandfathers telling tales of the great northern coalfield, continue to be appreciated.

His one man exhibitions throughout the North East since 2000 including: National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield, Greenfield Gallery, Newton Aycliffe, Gray College, Durham University, Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland, DLI Museum, Durham, Customs House, South Shields, Town Hall, Bishop Auckland.

image by Bill HindmarshTowards the Light by W B Hindmarsh

His works are now in homes throughout the UK and can be found across the world including USA, Canada, Germany, Australia, Austria and Holland.  The University of Durham has several works and two were bought for the House of Lords extension.  The Mining Art Gallery in Bishop Auckland has several works in their Gemini Collection

Philosophy

“I work continuously to improve my understanding and technique in several media. I am only satisfied when I can communicate successfully with the viewer and when it occurs I call it “magic”.  Without it I feel the work is ordinary. If the viewer is left to add to complete the artwork then this magic is possible.”

St Marks VeniceSt Mark’s, Venice by W B Hindmarsh

Techniques

From his earliest years Hindmarsh has drawn and has read and experimented to improve his knowledge of art.  The academic method of painting, including tempera, was explored but is was the impressionists who continue to influence his work.

When working in watercolours, the paper characteristics, wetness and colour are important and can be unforgiving if overworked. Wet on wet is his favourite method which can surprise and delight.

Pastels and oils are much more forgiving and best when vivid or less subtle work is required. Again the surface of the ground will help determine the communication. To this end, slates, wood board and canvas as a textured ground have been used.”

Current Work

The preparation is underway for a one man exhibition “People and Places” at Greenfield Art Centre in Newton Aycliffe in October 2020, with an eclectic mix of art work with several pieces from private collections showing the variations of his work.

Joint exhibitions are being planned and prepared for with several artists with mining backgrounds displaying their artwork following several successful exhibitions they have held.

His work can be purchased at: NEC Eldon Gardens, Newcastle, The Wallington Gallery, Corbridge, The Kemble Gallery, Durham and Tallantyre Gallery, Morpeth.

For more information see www.williambhindmarsh.co.uk/

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