IT’S full steam ahead for a new exhibition which celebrates our rich railway heritage.
Preserved steam engines provide the inspiration for an exhibition of paintings and drawings by heritage railway artist Steven Ward Fox which will go on display at Monkwearmouth Station Museum from Sunday until March.
Hot Coals and Ash features original works inspired by the artist’s observations of the North York Moors Railway, Tanfield Railway Durham, Worth Railway West Yorkshire, Great Central Railway in Loughborough and National Railway Museum Yorkshire.
Born in Durham in 1970 and a member of the Guild of Railway Artists, Steven has been inspired from an early age by the colliery steam engines and coal wagons at Seaham, and has been interested in railways having lived in close proximity to a main line for most of his life.
He said: “My aim is to encourage people’s awareness of the way heritage railways promote tourism and support local industry.
“My work also highlights the crucial time given by volunteers in maintaining the railways for future generations to enjoy.”
The artist uses a range of two dimensional media namely acrylic, oil paint, charcoal, watercolour and pencil.
Jo Cunningham, manager of Sunderland Museums said: “These evocative and stunning paintings are a testament to the artist’s skill and the inspiration gained from the region’s rich railway history.
“It is good to know that artists like Steven Ward Fox are recording and promoting the heritage in such a creative way.”