A new exhibition at the Tameside Art Gallery celebrates the work of Mossley artist Chris Cyprus.
In “Northern Life” he has captured essential scenes from Lancashire and Yorkshire by committing simple pleasures and memories to canvas.
Chris, who has a studio at Woodend Mill, Manchester Road, said: “I am inspired by what is on my doorstep. The way I reflect the glow of a warmly lit kitchen evokes deep emotions of memory as well as that sense of belonging we crave.”
His insight into how many northerners spend their leisure time has won Chris national media coverage as well as prestigious commissions. He has made it his mission to make sure we don’t forget what makes up the fabric of northern life and what is truly the best of British. “I paint what I see, and what I see is disappearing,” he commented.
Chris, who survived two bouts of cancer in his early 30s, added: “Having cancer made me see that you only get one life and you have to make the most of it.
“Drawing attention to the simple pleasures in life through my work quite simply makes me happy. All my pictures are rooted in real scenes that have barely changed in a generation. My drive is to capture on canvas the perfect community.”
Chris’s exhibition opens at Tameside Central Art Gallery, Old Street, Ashton, on Saturday, January 16 and continues until April 23.