Sorry I’ve not updated the news page for so long, but as we approach yet another year of uncertainty and lockdown the order of the day continues to be SURVIVAL! Despite all the difficulties, the doom and gloom, and the disgraceful manoeuvrings of those in power, it has been lovely to get back to my studio. I’ve continued with my daily walks around nearby parks and farmland, and decided to further develop the series of small bird paintings which I started last year. I’m still working on these, painting in a very illustrative manner, trying to produce work which is both informative and joyful. They have been painted in oil on panel. The smallest of them are only 10cm x 10cm, the largest just 18cm x 15cm. I’ve included images of two of the paintings framed in white box frames which I think show them off well.  These birds have been mine and my wife’s constant companions over time. I hope you enjoy them.

New Commission.

In mid-summer I was approached and offered a commission to paint a picture of one of my favourite churches in our area, St Peter’s Church, Hartshead. It’s a beautiful old church, parts of which date back to the 12th century. The church’s greatest claim to fame is that Reverend Patrick Brontë, father of the famous literary sisters, was incumbent here between 1810 and 1815. The Luddite attack on Cartwright Mill at Rawfolds occurred during his tenure and his memoirs from that period provided his daughter Charlotte with material for her novel “Shirley”.

Legend also has it that Robin Hood passed through this area and that he cut his last arrows from a yew tree in the churchyard, the dead trunk of which can still be seen standing there today.

The painting is not entirely honestly representative. The clients wanted the large cherry tree on the right of the painting to be in full blossom. Of course, when this happens, the leaves on the trees around the church would not be fully in leaf. Artistic license was needed.

Coming soon.

On Tuesday this week I was invited to submit two of my paintings for the final selection for a new exhibition, The Football Painting Prize. I am delighted to say that both paintings were selected for the exhibition which will open at Touchstones, Rochdale on 12th March, 2022. It will be there until 26th June and will then move to The Millenium Gallery, Sheffield, followed by the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. For further information please visit

More details and images will follow closer to the opening date.

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All best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful New Year in 2022. Good luck!

Tony Noble, December 2021.


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