Dick Gilhespy

Whilst living and working in the Carlisle area about 15 years ago, Dick originally took up painting as a diversion from the project management responsibilities of heavy engineering installations on construction sites around the world. During that time, he was able to visit the nearby coastline of southwest Scotland, where an abundance of painting subject matter was available, and this became the source for his early paintings.

In developing a painting Dick specifically tries to emphasise the effect of light and shade on the subject in order to introduce an extra dimension or feel. Indeed it is his belief that the feel of a painting, to the viewer is a most important facet.

Since returning to live on Tyneside, Dick has produced paintings, which also incorporate figures into the point of interest. Football, playing a significant interest all of his life, has provided a vast source of subject matter, and the supporters, who in his eyes are the real stars of football, appear in many paintings. The painting subjects are sourced mainly from Dick’s own experiences and memories, a long time ago, including back-street footy ‘till it was dark’, attending St James’ Park from the early fifties, and the current day replica tops mass pilgrimages to the match including pre and post match discussions in the pub.

Dick currently use both oils and acrylic painting media for his work. In addition to the subject matter described above he has recently embarked on learning how to sketch and paint birds resulting from his interest in wildlife and bird-watching.