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Art Editorial

naoimiblayney.jpg Ooh! Kind of beautiful, don’t you think?

The lovely Undercroft Restaurant at Durham Cathedral is currently hosting a stunning exhibition of pen and ink drawings by local artist Naomi Blayney.

There’s something that really slaps you between the eyes when it comes to pen and ink drawings. They’re a real statement where every mark really matters, each weighted carefully against the other. And Naomi Blayney brings a requisite exactness to her artworks which take in all manner of north-east scenes from Durham Cathedral’s intricate Rose Window (pictured), through to the Tommy sculpture in Seaham, Hadrian’s Wall and beyond. She also uses brushes – such as on her beautiful rendering of Elvet Bridge – to provide atmospheric washes among all the precise line work. Blayney is from Durham and continues to live and work there, commenting: “The north-east of England is full of inspiration and much of my work features its well-known landmarks. Each piece takes many hours to complete and is a real labour of love.” The original pen and ink drawings and prints will be on display in the restaurant and will be available for sale from the shop. Other merchandise, including mugs, coasters and cards, is also up for grabs.

Naomi Blayney: pen and ink drawings, until 29 August, Undercroft Restaurant, Durham Cathedral. durhamcathedral.co.uk