For many years I have chatted to Damian Waterhouse while the pair of us have propped up various bars (in our relaxation time it has to be said) around Kirkby Lonsdale.
I have always admired his artistic work, particularly the high quality cards depicting scenes around Kirkby Lonsdale. In fact Damian presented me with a pack of Christmas Cards last Friday, for which I am extremely grateful.
I have a vague knowledge of Damian’s background but was surprised to read the article about him which I found on the website of the Society of Graphic Fine Art. The following extracts are from the site:
“Damien Waterhouse was elected to the Society of Graphic Fine Art in 1992. Born in Lancaster in 1955, he showed early artistic talent and sold his first prize-winning painting at the age of 12. After leaving school he worked in the design studio at Standfast/Courtaulds, Lancaster, preparing artwork for engraving purposes in the production of fabrics.
Damien began to specialise in pen and ink drawings of notable buildings and views around Kirkby Lonsdale, a picturesque market town in the Lake District, and Liverpool, which was European Capital of Culture in 2008. In the early 1990s he had two solo exhibitions at the Liverpool Artists’ Club. He also produced a series of drawings, with watercolour, of the flora and fauna of Bequia in the Grenadines. His sister Rosie Waterhouse has set up a business Basilica-art to sell reproductions of the original drawings in the form of signed, mounted prints, greeting cards, postcards and notelets. These are available for sale through the website www.basilica-art.co.uk.”
St Lukes Church Liverpool
It’s quite a pleasant experience to be able to claim to have a mate who has such prodigious talent. I can thoroughly recommend visiting Rosie’s website of Damian’s work at www.basilica-art.co.uk. I was particularly drawn to his images of Liverpool, which I have never seen before (the artwork, not the City). It is well worth visiting the site.