WOOD, Florence Mary

Keighley artist, Florence M. Wood (1908 -2004), trained at the Leeds College of Art in the late 1920s and whilst a student there exhibited her work for the first time at the Yorkshire Artist’s Exhibition in Leeds and at the Spring Exhibition, Cartwright Hall, Bradford. After graduation, she taught art at…

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O’NEILL, Richard

Digital artist, Richard O’Neill, was born in Bradford and attended Bradford Grammar School. He showed an early aptitude for art – but was not impressed by the teaching of the subject at school: I loved drawing. To me art was about freedom of expression, but at school it was more important…

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FELL, David

The artist, David Fell (1927-2002) was born into a working-class Bradford family. Although he showed aptitude for art at school and wanted to pursue an art career, his father had other ideas. In later life, David told the local newspaper: I always wanted to be an artist but my parents couldn’t afford…

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STEAD, May

The above painting, ‘Mother and Two Children with a Picnic’, depicts May Stead and her two children. This was painted by her husband, Fred Stead, around 1923, and is now in a private collection. May Stead (nee Greening) was born 1871 in Bradford. She was the daughter of a local…

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HEPWORTH-WOOD, Louise

Ilkley based artist, Louise Hepworth-Wood, studied art, music and performance to degree level at Nottingham Trent University and graduated with honours in 1993. Louise taught art at Bradford Grammar School for 20 years, 1996-2016.  Since that time she has pursued freelance work as a painter, with a current interest in nature, especially…

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BAYER, Richard Franz

Richard Franz Bayer (1901-1990) was a painter, illustrator, and teacher at Bradford Grammar School. Richard was born in Vienna and studied art, advanced teaching methods and psychology in Austria. He taught in classes experimenting with art in primary education and worked with Professor F.Cizek, a pioneer in art education, and contributed to…

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CUNNINGHAM, Darryl

Darryl Cunningham, illustrator and writer, was born and lived in Keighley.  His accessible graphic illustrations and writing have helped to raise discussion across a range of science, politics, and particularly mental health, issues. He studied at the Jacob Kramer Art College in Leeds (now Leeds Arts University), 1980-83, and subsequently worked for 15…

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HEMINGWAY, David

David Hemingway, along with other contemporary local artists, has applied his talents in a variety of intersecting ways.  These include painting, illustration, music, and architecture. He was born in Bradford in 1972, lived in the district, and studied illustration and fine art at Bradford School of Art, graduating in 2000.  After graduation …

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DEXTER, Tony

Tony Dexter is a Wharfedale artist. Originally trained in fine art, specifically sculpture (Dip. AD) in the 1960s  at Birmingham College of Art, he undertook a commercial career, but since retirement has taken up painting full time. (Although never painted before). He started to exhibit his work at a local art…

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GILROY, Gillian

The Ilkley born and based artist, Gillian Gilroy, gained a degree in Art and Design from Bradford College, School of Art, with a specialism in painting and printmaking.  In recent years, she has concentrated on the technique of continuous line drawing, using pen and ink. She has written: I love the…

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