Norman Ackroyd ‘Images of the North’



An exhibition of pictures by one of the most distinguished observers of the British landscape, Norman Ackroyd. Twenty-two aquatints and etchings of the Yorkshire countryside – from the snowy plains of the dales to the shadowy presence of Whitby Abbey – revealed the majesty not only of the landscape of the North but of Ackroyd’s technical skill.

After leaving the family home in Hunslet, Leeds, to take up a place at the Royal College of Art in 1961, Ackroyd has built a reputation as one of Britain’s most highly regarded printmakers.

He made his first etching at Leeds College of Art 60 years ago before winning a place at the Royal College of Art in London where there were 15 other students from Yorkshire, including David Hockney.

“We brought our Yorkshire accents and our work ethic with us’ he said.

Although Ackroyd now lives and works in London he visits Yorkshire often, working in plein air, outside in all weathers, making a watercolour in situ before creating an etching and ensuing prints in his London studio.


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