Simon Bartram’s “Under The Vapor Trails” exhibition opens at the Hartlepool Art Gallery on Saturday January 29 and runs until Saturday April 23.
The free exhibition centers on paintings and drawings of post-industrial men who live in real and imaginary cities.
Simon said: “I can’t wait to show my work at the Hartlepool Art Gallery.
“It is such a privilege to have an exhibition in such a beautiful setting and I am delighted to engage with the city and its art lovers.”
Born in Jarrow and raised in Hebburn, both in South Tyneside, Simon said he was brought up around “hardy” figures who populated pubs and football terraces.
He has enjoyed great success as an author during his career, including being a finalist for the Mother Goose Award in 1999 for Pinocchio and the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2002 for Man on the Moon: A Day in the Life of Bob. .
In 2004, Man on the Moon was voted “best illustrated book to read aloud” by a panel of Blue Peter viewers and was also named the Blue Peter Book Awards Book of the Year.
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Georgina Ascroft, Museum and Gallery Director for Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “We are delighted to host Simon Bartram’s first solo exhibition at the Hartlepool Art Gallery.
“Simon’s striking and expressive portraits represent the changing nature of masculinity in the 21st century.
“Visitors will recognize many local caricatures that feature in Simon’s work and for a brief moment the viewer will be immersed in the spaces between pubs and football fields, where men might find themselves walking along the coastal path. or from the busy street to the next bolt hole, in a destination of their own.
“His models remain motionless, alone and enigmatic, sometimes slightly comical and absurd, filling their frames with their mass as a physical manifestation of their repressed and unheard of stories.”
As part of the exhibition, the Hartlepool Art Gallery also created a new family play space based on Simon’s award-winning children’s books.
Hartlepool Art Gallery is in Church Square and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Free entry.