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‘Battle of Britain in the North East 15th August 1940’


Saturday 15th August - Remembering the Northern Battle of Britain 80 years on


Here at The Showcase Gallery we are delighted to welcome a new exhibitior to our gallery space. Durham artist Denis Fox.


Denis has been working on a series of paintings in his quest to reach out to to the community and inform people of the important events that happened 80 years ago in our region and how they shaped our lives for the good.  Although his major exhibitions and planned events have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak he is still showing his work in his attempt to retell the story of events that happened above the skies in the North East of England on 15th August 1940.


In order to produce the series of aerial combat and tell the true story connected with each of his paintings Denis made extensive research through RAF documents, squadron records, newspaper archives, eye witness statements from relatives and visits to aircraft museums.
He tells us, "I remember when I was a young boy my grandfather who fought in the First World War told me of his experience of being part of the anti-aircraft gun crew near the docks at Seaham Harbour and saw at first hand the 'dog-fights' taking place in the sky above him. He cheered on a small hurricane squadron led by Flt Lt Archie McKeller from Drem in Scotland and saw German Heinkel 111 bombers being shot down into the sea near Seaham."  A painting that Denis has entitled "United we stand, divided we fall" is based on this incident. 
Denis is still hoping that his paintings will go on view in Durham Cathedral in September to mark the Battle of Britain 80th Anniversary, but for now he is pleased to be able to display some special edition Prints from the series here with us in the gallery.

‘From waste to wall’


Showcasing James Owen Thomas, a young artist who is creating unique collage art using discarded scratch cards and other recycled materials


Saturday 21st September 9.30am – 5.00pm


Here at The Showcase Gallery we are delighted to be providing a platform for Yorkshire based artist James Owen Thomas to show and demonstrate his environmental art.


James, 18 from Pateley Bridge creates colourful canvases from used scratch cards and other recycled materials.  His work is driven by environmental issues and single use products turning others’ waste into his medium for expression.


James, who is on the autistic spectrum began exhibiting his art at an early age when he began to find a use for brightly coloured scratch cards that had been thrown away by dejected customers.  He painstakingly, cuts, hole punches and tears the ‘rubbish’, sorting it into shapes, colours and symbols before creating his canvases.


Inspired by many different artists including David Hockney, Van Gogh and Seurat and the pointillist movement James uses this distinctive style to represent his many interests of nature and the environment of Yorkshire.  His work includes stunning Yorkshire Dales scenes, Swaledale sheep and the barns and drystone walls that symbolise the area in which he resides.


Having exhibited in the North East and Yorkshire since the age of 15, James has developed a distinctive style and has received commissions for some of his artwork.

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