Bottle Kilns, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent C1950.

Bottle Kilns, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent C1950.

Your paintings are amazing Alan :)

I think I see Clayhanger, beautiful atmospheric painting Alan.

Another super painting Alan!

Superb work as always Alan, same subject but a different scene and feel. The addition of the working boats and the workers in their oil skins gives us a peak at another side of this industry.

Very expressive and dramatic as the others of the same series.

Superb confident command of the oils Alan portraying the flip side of the industrial Revolution. Time for a green and natural revolution methinks

Love the detail in this Alan, brilliant addition to your series.

Very powerful again Alan. It brings to mind those Victorian paintings, fire and brimstone etc.

Amazing colours great drama

Alan, this is super - it has a very powerful feel to it and a great sense of depth. Especially like the definition of the red houses and the colour and texture of the smoke from the kilns, also the contrasting inkiness of the water In the foreground. My favourite of this series so far.

And I complained the other day (quite loudly, actually.....) when four people locally decided to light bonfires on what was already a close and lowering sort of day - (why the Hell do people DO that? No brain at all?). Anyway - the death rates in these industrial towns were huge, the incidence of lung disease high - this filth just choked people to death. <br /><br />Your great paintings show a sort of beauty even in the murk - which you need, because if you were to try to paint it all as it actually looked, you wouldn&#39;t be able to see anything (cf descriptions of London in the days of the smog, when people had to grope around their own familiar streets). The reds here suggest the sheer poison in the atmosphere which threatened the lives of everyone living within it.

Thank you all for your valued comments, they are always appreciated.

Another stunner, Alan! There&#39;s so much to see, and all of it really interesting. This is really an amazing series.

Thank you Seok, always appreciated, working on Shelton steel works now including an interior factory floor painting, hope you like them. That&#39;s six almost completed, another four to go...

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Oil on canvas 24 x 30''. A series that I am working on depicting the bygone Potteries. Reference Old B&W photos duplicated from the archives of the newspaper that I worked for as editorial artist. This includes the pot banks and steel foundries in the 30's to 50's when the conditions were appalling, choking fumes from these industries.

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Alan Bickley

Having studied fine art and graphics at both Stafford and Derby college, my career working as a graphic artist and latterly as editorial artist with Northcliffe Media Ltd, has kept me constantly in touch with all aspects of art and design. Painting mainly in oils, acrylics and watercolour, my…

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