News and Reviews


Illustrated talk by Tom Ratcliffe

Last Friday the Halifax Art Society invited Tom Ratcliffe to give an illustrated  talk about John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893) to our members. We learned about other artists whose pictures seem to have influenced Grimshaw too, for instance American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Some of Grimshaw’s work can be found at The Smith Art Gallery in Brighouse.

On the 6th December our president Paul Talbot-Greaves will demonstrate The Immidiency of Watercolour in a landscape painting.


Lynne’s adventure

Our very own Lynne Hickin shared the spotlight at the launch of author Brian Abram’s new book Charlie’s Big Idea earlier this month.

Lynne has illustrated Mr Abram’s self published book in the series of The Adventures of Grandad Wheels, turning her skills to digital art from her usual oils, acrylics and pastels. Lynne is an active member of the Halifax Art Society and often leads workshops and talks for our other members.

It’s an impressive piece of work… I appreciated that Grandad was normal, and not the whiskered dotard that I would have been tempted to draw. Congratulations to Lynne Hickin.

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The book launch took place at the office of Irwin Mitchell solicitors in Leeds and they even had Lynne’s illustrations added to the cupcakes for the event.

After being left paralysed in a cycling accident, Mr Abrams turned to writing to entertain his grandson and help him understand what it is like to use a wheelchair. Sales of the books will benefit two spinal injury charities: Back Up, and the Spinal Injuries Association.


In to focus

Last Friday the Halifax Art Society’s session was led by Lynne Hickin focusing on the drawing of the eye. Lynne talked us through the various stages and components that make up our eyes and helped us to see the subject a little clearer! There was also plenty of  opportunity to paint and draw with our favoured paint medium.

On the 29th November there will be a working session inspired by Grimshaw.