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Pot Kilns, Hanley, Stoke on Trent C1937

Pot Kilns, Hanley, Stoke on Trent C1937


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  • Whether you worked in those places, or just lived in the towns polluted by them, you couldn't escape an environment like that and its obvious effects on health. And while there may be those who think scenes likes this are a thing of the past, they may be for us (although whither our manufacturing industry?) but you could go to China now and find live examples to paint from - though I don't recommend it.

    This is an important painting - it tells a story about industrial production and the way in which production and expansion may have made the country wealthy, but had horrendous side-effects and long-term consequences. This is what phrases like the "dash for growth" actually meant.

    Oh, and it's also a brilliant bit of painting!

    Posted by Robert Jones, N.A.P.A. on Wed 26 Aug 17:36:42
  • You are on the Alan so many perfect colour and tone combination of both time and space with verve and sureity bravo

    Posted by dennis rounding on Wed 26 Aug 18:53:54
  • Lovely painting Alan :)

    Posted by Maria Hughes on Wed 26 Aug 18:57:19
  • Wow Alan, what an eye for detail you have - I love all the colours in the sky from the smoking chimneys.

    Posted by Julie Bosley on Wed 26 Aug 19:22:59
  • Really arty piece this one Alan , I do like it its a powerful painting with strong colour and plenty of atmosphere .

    Posted by dennis roberts on Wed 26 Aug 19:29:34
  • What a stark example of the filth and pollution of this era and the price (for some) of the growing industry in this area. The deep reds and blues really do give that feeling of what must have been a choking atmosphere for the poor people that lived so close. Wonderful depiction of a all too real landscape.

    Posted by Fiona Phipps on Wed 26 Aug 19:57:36
  • For all that pollution and horror of living around that industry you have made it look beautiful Alan.

    Posted by Carole Swingler on Wed 26 Aug 19:59:59
  • I worked on some cases in the late 60's and early 70s in Stoke and some of this was still evident even then. This excellent depiction takes me right back.

    Posted by Michael Edwards. on Wed 26 Aug 20:11:47
  • Different industry but it reminds me of Teeside and when I went to school across the road from the furnaces. Smashing, accurate, iconic piece Alan and well done with the commission.

    Posted by Derek Snowdon on Wed 26 Aug 20:27:10
  • So expressive Alan, "satanic mills" springs to mind. Wonderful image in your inimitable style.

    Posted by Sharon Van Der Veen on Wed 26 Aug 21:23:47