Images of a lost landscape

Bessie in Regent Street

Visitors to Gallery Oldham from 25 April until 25 July 2009 are in for a rare treat. Some eighty paintings and prints by Roger Hampson, an important painter and printmaker of the post-World War II era, can be seen as part of a temporary exhibition, A Lost Landscape, depicting 'a landscape and way of life that he knew was fast disappearing'. Hampson was born in 1925 and grew up in the working class village of Tyldesley, Wigan, where his early experiences of clogs on cobbled streets, mines, factories and grey northern skies, went on to shape his values in life and to give him beliefs which are reflected in his artistic work. Gallery Oldham's publicity says 'Hampson's paintings capture the bleakness of the northern landscape as well as the warmth and humour of its people'. The painting shown is entitled 'Bessie in Regent St'.

Gallery Oldham, Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1AL, Mon–Sat 10am–5pm, free, tel: 0161 770 4653, email, website.

10 April 2009