Saturday, 24 June 2017

Andy looks to Teesdale for future art project

A TEN year effort to produce intricate images of the Lake District is already reaping rewards for a Teesdale artist.

Andy Beck, from Bowes, spent countless hours walking the fells of the Lakes to compile a 360-page limited edition book inspired by doyen of fell walking Alfred Wainwright.

His illustrated bound book has already sold 1,300 copies since its launch in May.

“It’s gone brilliantly. A lot of them have been shipped all over the world – some have gone to Texas and California, others have gone to Europe, Australia and New Zealand.”

Mr Beck was inspired by the quality and style of Wainwright. He said: “He wrote the book – it was not mass produced, they were very cleverly done. There was no editor or publisher. It took him 13 years and he did it within two weeks of his timetable.

“In some ways I felt I understood where he was coming from as it took me ten years to do this.”

A self-confessed perfectionist, Mr Beck has had his 5,000 printing run bound by specialists in Dorking and has been pleased by the positive reviews. When it came to the future, he revealed he had a couple of other projects in the pipeline.

He added: “One is linked to Wainwright – looking into fells not on his list – and I am looking at doing a photographic and painted study of Teesdale.

“I think Teesdale has plenty of potential for that.”

Mr Beck will give a talk at The Witham, in Barnard Castle, on June 27 about The Wainwrights in Colour, alongside a 17 minute video as well as a question and answer session.

It will take place at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7.50. For more information contact The Witham box office on 01833 631107.

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