Art exhibition celebrates North East railway history

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Steven Ward Fox’s painting of the Princess Elizabeth

Landscapes, Trains and Planes, features paintings and drawings by Durham-based artist Steven Ward Fox, depicting northern landscapes, heritage steam locomotives and historic aircraft.

Steven has held exhibitions in many parts of the country and is a member of the Guild of Railway Artists. He has recently produced a painting of the historic Locomotion which is on permanent display in the Head of Steam Railway Museum in Darlington.

Also on display is a selection of his landscapes in and around Durham City.

Over the last few years Steven has been involved in producing artwork for the Royal Navy Historic Flight which is based at Yeovilton, in Somerset.

His naval aviation work has been displayed in the Churchill War Rooms in London and his recent painting of the Second World War fighter aircraft the Fairey Swordfish is on permanent display in the First Sea Lord’s Office.

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 uses a range of two-dimensional media namely acrylic, oil paint, charcoal, watercolour and pencil.

“The quality of Steven’s work is outstanding,” said Matthew Blyth, Audience Development Office at Arts Centre Washington. “The pictures are really evocative, you can almost smell the oil and steam of the trains emanating from the canvas!”

l Landscapes, Trains and Planes is on in the main gallery space of Arts Centre Washington until June 13, admission is free. Most of the original pictures on display plus a selection of prints and cards are available to buy.

l There will be a Meet the Artist event tomorrow at 11.30am where members of the public will have the chance to meet and chat with Steven.