Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Buckley Shops

During the summer of 1969 I was home from art college in Manchester and noticed a change in my home town of Buckley, North Wales. The original Victorian and Edwardian shop fronts were disappearing or being modernised. For many generations shops were the heart of the community. Fresh produce was bought daily and customers talked to each another as they waited to be served.

I decided to record them before they vanished for ever. Only eight shops were captured in the time that was available to me using a mixture of inks and gouache on cartridge paper. They have remained out of sight in a closed sketchbook in a drawer, until now.

These paintings have now been published by Blurb and are available in a hardback book along with comments and anecdotes added to the illustrations by some of the people who used to visit these shops.

A snapshot of how ordinary people shopped locally for ordinary things.


These images are also available in a variety of forms such as prints, post cards, teeshirts, phone covers etc., click on the link below to see the full range.

Friday, 2 October 2015


Oriel Plas-Glyn-y-Weddw
Keith Bowen, Alwyn Dempster Jones, Lisa Eurgain, Peter Kettle, James Naughton, Eleri Mills,
Aled Prichard Jones, Therese Urbanska
Selection of artists with landscape integral to their practice
26/09 – 22/11/2015