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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Inspiration is second nature for national park's new art exhibition

An artist whose work is familiar to tea drinkers worldwide is showing wildlife paintings at the North York Moors national park's Inspired by… gallery at Danby, next month.

Goshawk by Andrew Hutchinson.
Pickering-based Andrew Hutchinson is best known for his highly detailed portrayals of the natural world, taking inspiration from the beauty of the local area.

He has undertaken commissions for major organisations, including the AA, Bacardi, Barclays Bank. Harper Collins, Land Rover, Marks & Spencer, Penguin Books. Reader’s Digest, Royal Canin, Sainsbury’s, and the New York Botanical Gardens. He also produced a series of paintings for Taylors of Harrogate used to illustrate the packaging for Yorkshire Tea, including the iconic Dales cricket match image used in 2012.

Paintings on display during March and April include his portrayals of much-loved moors wildlife such as the tortoiseshell butterfly, kestrel, goshawk, goldfinch and bullfinch as well as familiar farm animals from the area.

There will be a ‘meet the artist’ event on Saturday 19 March from noon until 3pm.

Andrew has exhibited his work among the world's top wildlife artists and each autumn stages a one-man show in his home town. He has been made an associate member of the Royal Society of Miniature Artists, Sculptors and Gravers after receiving awards at their 2014 and 2015 exhibitions at the Mall Galleries, London.

Andrew says: “It seems a long time since I first exhibited at Danby as a struggling young artist back in the early 80s. My inspiration for this exhibition is my native Yorkshire countryside and the amazing wildlife that is all around us. I find I’m drawn to the Yorkshire forests and working as a volunteer warden studying adders gives me access to some fantastic and remote habitat.

“While I love to produce my own paintings in recent years I have had the honour of working on illustrations for the iconic Yorkshire Tea boxes for Taylors of Harrogate.”

The Inspired by… gallery at The Moors National Park Centre hosts changing exhibitions of work by artists who draw their inspiration from the landscape, life and colour of the North York Moors. Admission is free, and the gallery is open, until 24 March, daily from 10.30am to 4pm, then from 25 March, daily 10am to 5pm.

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