Seaham artist paints pictures of people involved in Durham’s heritage

Allison Doonan's portrait of Canon David Kennedy.
Allison Doonan's portrait of Canon David Kennedy.
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Visitors and workers at the region’s heritage sites have been immortalised by a Seaham artist.

Rather than focus on the imposing structure of The World Heritage Centre Durham, Durham University and Durham Cathedral, Allison Doonan focused upon the people who walk their corridors.

Now her work, a series of watercolour portraits, has gone on display at Grey College, Durham.

Ms Doonan, a podiatrist by trade, has had work displayed in numerous of exhibitions, as well as paintings commissioned for a number of prestigious public and private collections.

She explained: “The Durham pieces convey the inner experience of the people themselves rather than illustrating the site itself.”

Exhibition organiser Dr Henry Dyson, the Keeper of Fine Art in Durham and a Fellow of Grey College, said: “This is a wonderful collection. Watercolour, unlike any other paint medium, requires total control which is technically demanding and Allison has this in abundance.

“There are moving portraits of the Reverend Canon Doctor David Kennedy, acting Dean of Durham; Irene Hindmarsh, former Principal of St Aidan’s College Durham University, along with the current Principal Doctor Susan Frenk, as well as self portraits of the artist to name just some of Allison’s figurative art.”

All of the paintings displayed will be for sale.

The exhibition runs at the Old Library, Grey College, South Road, until Sunday, November 8, and is open to the public.

Viewing at Grey College is available seven days a week, open Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 4pm but strictly by appointment on weekdays. Contact Leanne Oldham on Tel. 334 5638 to book. Or email leanne.oldham@durham.ac.uk.