The Yorkshire Artist – Ashley Jackson takes to the tracks
Grand Central's first art train – The Yorkshire Artist – Ashley Jackson is now carrying passengers between London and Yorkshire.
Named after renowned watercolour artist Ashley Jackson, the Class 180 high-speed diesel multiple unit has had a makeover inside. Ashley’s passion for Yorkshire is on-board for all to see, with examples of his work displayed within the carriages of the train. Even those using the onboard toilets will find landscapes and quotes from his personal sketch book on the backs of doors to help pass those moments of solitude.
Having exhibited all over the world and celebrating his 70th birthday last year, Ashley Jackson has strived throughout his life to make art accessible to everyone. Due to his down to earth nature he has often been given the title 'The People’s Artist.' He said: 'This is a fantastic idea for art and for Yorkshire. I am thrilled to launch what is the first high speed exhibition space of its kind in the country. It will allow passengers to enjoy an artistic experience whilst on the move, bringing art into every day life. This will undoubtedly make train journeys more enjoyable and thought-provoking. I hope that through the paintings others will begin to share my passion and enthusiasm for God’s County - Yorkshire.'
Ashley Jackson is renowned for his landscapes, creating unique, evocative and distinctive paintings of brooding moorlands synonymous with Yorkshire. He opened his first Gallery in 1963 and has since become one of the country’s leading and most successful artists.
His works have been exhibited worldwide with many adorning the walls of successful and famous people, from politicians to actors, from Princes to former Presidents. He had his first series on television with the BBC in 1978, which was followed by a second in 1985.
Tom Clift, Managing Director of Grand Central, said 'Our partnership with Ashley Jackson allows us to promote Yorkshire and all that the county has to offer in an innovative way. Our new-look train aims to bring the beauty of Yorkshire to the people who travel on our trains every day. Each painting has been chosen for its unique ability to convey the beauty of the landscape.'
Information is provided on board the train to explain the partnership, which includes a QR scan box for those able to transfer information to their phone.
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