Le Tour meets 1920s rail posters at 108 gallery

The Great Departure by artist Marcus Hammond.
The Great Departure by artist Marcus Hammond.

Perhaps Harrogate’s finest fine art gallery, 108 Fine Art is to mark the Tour de France by presenting a display of paintings and limited edition prints by artist Marcus Hammond commemorating this weekend’s big event.

Located on Cold Bath Road, 108 will be open all day this Saturday to show ten new paintings in the tradition of the railway advertising graphics of the 1920’s and 30’s, when Harrogate, York and Ripon featured in numerous poster campaigns.

Based in Harrogate, Marcus was also inspired by original art work about North Yorkshire in the collections of Harrogate’s Mercer Art Gallery and The National Railway Museum in York by the likes of by Graham Sutherland, John Piper, Edward Bawden and Tristram Hillier.

One of the paintings shows Le Tour cyclists going past the Royal Hall while another is focused on Parliament Street.

A donation from sales will go to the Royal Hall Restoration Trust.

108 Fine Art is also preparing a new Joash Woodrow exhibition on July 10 to coincide with the publication of the first limited edition portrait print Girl on a Yellow Bike, one of this reclusive late Leeds’ painter’s most famous works.

As well as major names, 108 also works with up-and-coming youngsters such as award-winning landscape artist Calum McClure.

More information at www.108fineart.com