Harold Riley exhibition opens at Gallery 23

harold rileyA new exhibition of Street Dogs by Salford artist Harold Riley is being held at Buxton’s Gallery 23.

And included in the collection of affectionate paintings are dogs he has observed being walked by their owners in the town’s Spring Gardens.

The exhibition of 45 works accompanies a new book Street Dogs 2 which is a sequel to a book featuring dogs on the backstreets of Salford which he published 14 years ago.

The first volume of 25 dogs were sketches made in his home town between 1950 and 1987, but for this new collection he has decided to include dogs from Buxton where he has a second home.

One of the witty sketches in the exhibition has even been painted on to a page of the Buxton Advertiser.

Harold, who sold his first painting when he was 11, spent his life documenting Salford in paintings, drawings and photographs.

He became a friend of L S Lowry when he was a student and together they worked on the project to record the area and its people.

Harold’s commissioned painted portraits include The Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Alice, the Duchess of Gloucester, Nelson Mandela, Presidents John F Kennedy and Gerald Ford and three Popes.

The artist is famous worldwide for his sporting pictures, and many are in private and public collections throughout the world.

The owners of Gallery 23, Peter Aitchison and Christine Ormsby, are rightly thrilled that he chose Buxton and their gallery to launch the new work.

The private view held this week was packed with fans of Harold’s work and he was there chatting to everyone about his life, painting and dogs.

This is an exhibition you really must see and you have until December 6 to do so. Gallery 23 is at 4a The Colonnade, Buxton.