Ilkeston-born artist Gary Sampson returns to his home town to showcase a selection of his award winning paintings when his exhibition opens at Erewash Museum on Thursday 11 February.
Gary’s work is from two contrasting artistic disciplines – making functional stoneware pottery and also producing distinctive artwork painted in oils, gouache water colours and coloured inks.
Educated at Hallcroft Boys’ School in Ilkeston, Gary went on to study fine art for five years and ceramics for two years ahead of a teaching career in Derbyshire schools and adult education.
In 1991 he took early retirement to fulfil his ambition to work as an independent artist and potter at his studio in the peak district. Gary produces a wide range of domestic stoneware pottery while his painted landscapes are described as dynamic and some semi abstract.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“We have some of Gary’s work within our museum collection and we are delighted to be able to welcome him back with an exhibition in our Lally Gallery that we know will attract a lot of interest. Do drop in and see his fascinating artwork and discover why his work is so admired.”
As a young student and during the early 1960s Gary showcased his work at Ilkeston Arts Club’s annual exhibition, getting to know local artist and art teacher John Lally who was a strong admirer of his work. John was the founder of the Friends of Erewash Museum and the Lally Gallery is named after him.
Gary’s exhibition of his paintings opens in the Lally Gallery on 11 February and runs until Tuesday 29 March. He will be at the museum on Saturday 5 March between 11am and 3pm to talk about his exhibition.
Erewash Museum is situated in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Monday to Saturday during school holidays. Admission is free.