Painter returns to his roots for exhibition

Retired art teacher John Shiels will be staging an exhibition of his paintings the Lally Gallery in the Erewash Museum, Ilkeston, until February 25.

John has been painting full time for just over a year. His work is mainly landscapes, based on the industrial archeology of the area around Ilkeston and Shipley. “The ghosts of past industries are everywhere as nature struggles to reclaim the landscape,” said John who was born in Ilkeston.

“I left Ilkeston in my late teens and moved around the country before returning and eventually settling down in the town. The exhibition is special because it’s like coming home.”

The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm.