Northern Art

Painting vs Reality

Northern art is often instantly recognisable thanks to the uniquely northern locations that are the inspiration behind them. More often than not, these are landscapes of Newcastle Upon Tyne, the chimneys and steel history of Lancashire or the mountains of Scotland. Sue Ford is an artist who prefers the smaller locations and bringing them to light for all. The subject of this painting is the small, North Eastern town of Middlesbrough and a celebration at the now iconic and integral, Transporter Bridge. Often hailed as a working class, almost 'dull' area due to the factories and power plants located here, this painting sparks the true light of the town with a splash of colour in the fireworks show. Here we show what the location looks like on a glorious summer day, showing the painting in real life (minus the fireworks), so you can explore the true nature of this small Northern town.

Sue Ford: Transporter Bridge Celebration

Sue Ford is a very popular artist and esteemed art teacher. Using watercolours, pastels and mixed media, Ford has taught many classes including holiday classes at Balmoral Castle in Scotland and on Cunard's Queen Elizabeth Cruise Liner, visiting the Norwegian Fjords. Ford takes her inspiration from her surroundings and adding a splash of colour to really make her images stand out above the rest. Having studied at Middlesbrough College of Art, Ford has created images of the North East area including this one of the Transporter Bridge.