English ( b.1940 )
|Image size||16.1 inches x 20 inches ( 41cm x 51cm )|
|Frame size||23.4 inches x 27.4 inches ( 59.5cm x 69.5cm )|
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original pastel artwork by Robert Littleford dated 1983.
The work is presented and supplied in a sympathetic contemporary frame, mounted using conservation materials and behind non-reflective glass.
Robert Littleford is a contemporary British artist of humble origins whose work captures the joy and tenderness of life’s simple pleasures.
He was born in Oldham in 1940, to parents who were both poorly paid cotton workers. After leaving school he worked as a labourer, and at the age of 21 met his future wife, Hilary. She was working as a sewing machinist, living on a farm with her father. The couple married six months later, and settled in the local village. It was Hilary who encouraged Bob to pursue his passion to paint and with her support he gave up his job as a refuse collector and became a full time artist.
Bob was thus self-taught and the style he developed was very much his own. His delicate and tender paintings capture scenes of family life, days at the seaside and children playing; unexceptional yet very special times. His paintings are executed with a lightness of touch and brilliant use of light and shade.
With the unstinting support of his wife, Bob achieved great success, attracting the attention of art critics and national television. His early followers included the artist Helen Bradley, and the jazz musician and broadcaster Humphrey Lyttleton. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Member of the British Watercolour Society. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1973, the British Watercolour Society, Salford Municipal Art Gallery and other many provincial galleries throughout the UK.
In the 1990s Bob suffered ill health and had to have a kidney removed. Hilary, now a mother of three, worked part time to support them. Slowly, Bob recovered and began to paint again until he was painting full time once more. His beloved wife died in 2007, and two years later, having battled with subsequent depression, Bob put on a major exhibition in Salford, which he dedicated to her. His work is now much sought after and is often sold before he has finished painting it. He is listed in David Buckman’s book, Artists in Britain since 1945.
As an artist Robert Littleford is not protesting, not trying to convey a deep social meaning – he is usually presenting something beautiful, a little nostalgic and a little fun.
This is a night time view of Moor Lane, above Oldham, shown from Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester in the northwest England. In the foreground the flat fields are softly framed by stone walls. In the centre ground is a modest dwelling, probably a stone cottage, outlined as a silhouette against the lights of the town beyond. There is smoke coming from one of its two chimneys, weaving up into the night sky, suggesting warmth and safety within. There are also telegraph poles, standing out against the pink glow of light that emanates from Oldham. The town is shown as trails of lights and mists, an urban development that stretches into the far distance, right into the great city of Manchester. Above, there are lines of dark clouds in the deep blue sky, and tiny twinkling stars. In the top right corner is a pale full moon. The whole image is framed by wispy barren branches.