My first memories of painting are with my grandad.
On the living room oor in Chell he would lay out vast sheets of computer paper and off I’d go. Sketching and scrawling under his encouraging gaze. Sid Meir - my grandad - was a draftsman, until he retired due to ill health, and began painting local landscapes to continue the creative work he loved. He exhibited as part of Staffordshire Society of Artists (alongside Frederick England and Jiri Borsky) and won the support and praise of Reg Haggar.
40 years later I am a full time artist, exhibiting and selling work as far a eld as New York. Still using my grandad’s brushes.
In 2016 my mother discovered a box of slides - which we quickly realised were photos taken by my grandad in the 1970s shortly before he passed away. Scenes of Stoke he planned to paint but never did.
My aim was to locate and revisit these places - and produce the paintings he never got the chance to. Many of the locations have changed, for better and for worse. Some house world class businesses (Gladstone Pottery, Middleport Pottery, Wedgwood), some lie quietly unnoticed. This exhibition brings together my new works alongside the photos and original works by Sid Meir, as well as exploring and celebrating our shared heritage along the way.
Ian Mood, July 2018