Denis McErlane-Fine Art
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Urban art - Tyneside

This gallery features some of the work I produced while I was living in Gateshead.  The subject matter includes houses, streets, factories and of course the river Tyne, particularly the quayside and the bridges.  It is not so much the social or environmental aspects of Tyneside that primarily interest me, rather it is just the forms and surfaces of buildings and structures  in this post-industrial landscape that I find remarkable.  One subject that I became slightly obsessed with for a time was the now-demolished multi-storey car park in Gateshead (i.e. the notorious "Get Carter" car park).  Although it was disliked by many local people (perhaps understandably  -  it was rather stark and uncompromising), nevertheless it was like a dramatic sculpture, where one could find arresting formal compositions from almost any angle.

The pictures in this gallery consist of watercolours, oils and acrylics, charcoal and graphite drawings, and monoprints.

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Team Valley Factory

Saltwell View

Corner Shop

Rectory Road

Tyne Bridges

Swing Bridge monoprint 2

Car Park monoprint

Car Park painting

Car Park drawing

Wallsend Cranes

Fog on the Tyne 1

Fog on the Tyne 3


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