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Exhibition by popular Teesdale artist opens at Georgian Theatre
7 Jun 7 , 2024 Friday

Exhibition by popular Teesdale artist opens at Georgian Theatre

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An extensive exhibition showcasing the work of the popular Teesdale artist Simon Pell has opened at The Georgian Theatre Royal iand will be on public display until November.

Featuring some 36 paintings, the exhibition – Added Colour – is located in the Theatre’s top floor bar and can be viewed free of charge from Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm.

Simon’s work is known for its striking vibrant colour and draws its inspiration from the wild landscapes of northern England.

Simon trained at Loughborough College of Art and the Slade in London before embarking on a career as a freelance theatre designer and scenic artist, including periods at the National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and in the West End. In 1987, he came north to work for Durham Theatre Company on a 6-month contract and has lived in Barnard Castle ever since.

Simon has a particularly strong connection with The Georgian Theatre Royal and created scenery for the Richmond Theatre’s first in-house pantomime Mother Goose, as well as Joey: King of the Clowns and Dan Leno: The King’s Jester.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to exhibit at The Georgian Theatre Royal. It is – and always will be – my favourite theatre in the world and I have worked in quite a few of them! It feels like my second home.”

Simon likes nothing better than to go for long, solitary walks in rural Teesdale to do a bit of observing, photography and sketching. His art is unique and outrageously colourful, and his expressionist paintings are inspired by his adventures.




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