I love the work of Norman Ackroyd. He was the guest today on one of my favourite programmes, Private Passions on BBC Radio Three, in which he was interviewed about his favourite music by Michael Barclay, who always seems to really like his gursts and who genuinely listens to them.
I love what Norman Ackroyd says about his art and his music and what they mean to him.
Art is everything, really.
I am the happy owner of a very small Ackroyd Rain, Skellig. I had wanted one of his prints for many years but many of the ones I loved were too big and too bold and dramatic for my small space. He shows at the Royal Academy every year and at the Zillah Bell gallery in Thirsk, North Yorkshire.
It was there I saw this one. Irish islands in the rain like a Chinese ink painting, and a bold border like a Howard Hodgson (which I know I will never afford).
A very fine artist.