Phil Meadows Boro Art at Heritage Gallery
By Robert Nichols
Sunday 02 Aug 2020 22:23:00
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Phil Meadows captures the essence of Ayresome Park. His paintings recreate the Boro characters, the redbrick townscape, the gadgies, a lost Teesside backlit by the four Ayresome floodlights. They are conversation starters, trigger points, half forgotten memories springing back into the 21st century.

Featured in the Art of Ayresome virtual exhibition Phil Meadows paintings are available to but originals and prints at Art House, Linthorpe Road. But please go and view them together in this wonderful exhibition. A joy for any Boro lover, any Teessider of a certain age. Of any age.

Phil Meadows exhibition runs until September 2020 at Heritage Gallery, Cargo Fleet. Open Monday - Friday, 8.30am until 2.00pm (currently), check website for updates.

Philip Meadows

Here's some back story about Phil and his paintings.

On leaving school in 1977 Philip went into ICI as an apprentice, staying with the company for 22 years. Interested in art, Philip won a paid scholarship enabling him to study art at Cleveland Art College before going on to complete a Degree in Fine Art at Sunderland University. Philip went into teaching in 1999 and has taught Art and Design Technology, before leaving in 2018 to devote more time to his painting.

Philip says:

I have lived in Eston all of my life with the panorama of the Teesside landscape as a backdrop. I went to school in Grangetown and was familiar with the steelworks and the Coke Ovens outside of the school gates. My pals and I would often dodge the coal trucks being shunted to the Coke Ovens when we went to the chippy at lunchtime. The sights and sounds I grew up with, the closeness of heavy industry both as an observer and worker, the characters and gadgies I saw daily and of course going to watch the Boro on a weekend with my older brother have all influenced my art.

Philip Meadows

Ayresome Park set amongst the terrace houses was the focus for the town and its identity, even if you did not follow footy. The conversation starter at the barbers was always how do you think they’ll do on Saturday? How many times on holiday when conversing with a stranger did you hear the phrase they’re not doing very well are they? Times weren’t easy and choice was often limited, the rented telly only had three channels, the shops shut on a Sunday and anxiety was a place in Turkey that the Brits wouldn’t visit until years later. These experiences formed a tapestry of daily life now fast disappearing and a rich vein of source material so I hope you enjoy my melancholy, rose tinted views of a Teesside as it was.




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