Eric Gordon: The 'brilliant’ work of the reclusive artist will be on display

image caption, Eric Gordon is fascinated by the wildlife of Bolton and the surrounding area

  • author, Chris Key
  • stock, Local Democracy Reporting Service

A solitary artist’s work inspired by the wildlife of England’s North West is to be exhibited as part of the museum’s summer programme.

The exhibition will feature 50 years of Eric Gordon’s paintings and drawings.

Mr Gordon, from Westhoughton, died in 2002 and was a former assistant curator at Bolton Art Gallery and Museum.

He was described as „a very lonely man” who painted what he saw around Bolton and Lancashire and the exhibits in the museum.

image caption, Painting by Eric Gordon, whose work will be on display this summer

His work will be central to Bolton Museum’s latest exhibition, Birds of Bolton, running from June 29 to November 3, reports the Local Democracy Report Service.

The exhibition is set to include wildlife images, drawing activities and life-size bird trails, and was inspired by the recent donation of Mr Gordon’s large collection of sketchbooks.

Sam Elliott, head of service at Bolton Library and Museum, said: “Eric Gordon has spent over 50 years making the most amazing observations of local wildlife, filled with wonder, curiosity and wonder.

„By showcasing his art in our summer exhibition we hope to encourage people to discover Bolton’s natural environments for themselves.”

The exhibition will also feature works by contemporary artists Kirsty Yeomans, Mark Lightowler and Lesley Young.

The Summer Fair is free and no reservations are required.

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