Newcastle artist John Coatsworth discovered his unique style of ‘curvation’ when doing sketches of St James’s Park, home to Newcastle United.
He went on to paint the Toon – bridges, streets, backlanes and famous landmarks along the Tyne such as The Sage Gateshead – in his vibrant colourful ‘bendy’ style.

Discovery Museum have an exhibition of his work showing until January 2012 and have launched a book (published by Northumbria Press) to celebrate John’s work.
Welcomed by museum manager Hazel Edwards, the launch was held in the fabulous wood-panelled hall with its art nouveau tiles that was once the headquarters of the Co-op and is now a great venue for Discovery’s events.

Paying an affectionate and humourous tribute to John’s lifetime of achievement was my brother Torquil MacLeod who has known him since they worked on the Evening Chronicle together many years ago.

John Grundy then gave an enthusiastic appraisal of John’s work and urged us to go buy his book!
Some of John’s paintings are also for sale and there are a range of gifts (mugs, magnets etc) which would make great stocking fillers (not that I’m going to mention the C word!)
The exhibition is well worth a visit.

Blandford Square
Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4
0191 232 6789
Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 2pm-5pm

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