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coatsworth20.jpg I’ll get my Coatsworth

John Coatsworth’s beautifully fluid depictions of local scenes can be seen at his first exhibition in 13 years at Gateshead’s Central Library.

I adore John Coatsworth work. He takes the familiar – a view of St. James’ Park (pictured), BALTIC and Sage Gateshead, a wintery view of the Quayside – and imbues them with a real warmth (even that wintery scene). He has that knack of making you see these landmarks in a whole new and different way. He began life as a craftsman printer before taking a foundation course in graphic art. He worked for a time at the Hancock Museum – designing and illustrating displays. He them moved to the Chronicle and Journal where he spent 10 years creating illustrations and cartoons before he left in 1986 to paint full time. His work is well known in the region and has been featured in many exhibitions, from landscapes and cityscapes to portraits and caricatures. This show highlights a new body of work, with those local views and landmarks still his constant inspiration.

Blue out of Black: John Coatsworth, 8 February-25 April, The Gallery, Gateshead Central Library. gateshead.gov.uk/whatson