Artolicana, based in Ilkley’s Church Street, is well known in the town for nurturing the talent of local artists. The gallery’s reputation for exhibiting and promoting some of the best of Yorkshire art has attracted customers from all over the country and is popular with visitors and locals alike.
It has not always been easy finding the right balance of styles to suit the gallery’s diverse mix of customers. Over the years Artolicana has exhibited work from many talented artists and it has taken time and experience to reach the point where customers now make a beeline to the gallery to see who is on display. The gallery features contemporary, modern, traditional, and abstract paintings combined with a variety of techniques in oils, watercolours, pastels or gouache.
Wide-ranging works by artists such as David Greenwood, Arthur T Blamires, Robert Wyatt, Nik Walford and Brian Irving are always available in the Artolicana gallery as well as specially chosen guest artists.
Because space is limited, Artolicana believe in taking art out to the public and giving people a real chance to see their resident artists in full. They have recently put on their ‘On the Wall’ exhibition at The Crescent Hotel in Ilkley with further exhibitions planned for 27th and 28th May, 29th and 30th July, 30th September to 1st October, and the 25th and 26th November.
Another recent success has been an exhibition of the work of Leeds artist Judith Levin at Bolton Abbey Village Hall. Judith is known internationally for her delicate florals and still life in oils, and has recently had enormous interest from all over the world for her dramatic moorland landscapes with their trademark purple heather. Artolicana has now become the sole distributor for this stunning work.