Caught On Canvas

A new exhibition by local artist Zak Last captures the beauty of Lancashire’s landscapes

Dappled light in the woodlands of Cuerden Valley, and blue skies over Brinscall on a winter’s day are among the scenes portrayed in a new art exhibition in Chorley. Local artist Zak Last has chosen the newly renovated Coach House Gallery at Astley Hall to showcase his work.

“I hope my oil paintings will encourage us all to think about our connections with the environment and how we experience our surroundings,” he says.

The natural light of the upstairs gallery creates the perfect setting to appreciate the landscapes, and Zak’s vibrant brushwork.

“I draw on location before completing the work in my Clayton-le-Woods studio,” he explains. “I love walking in our area.”

From the chilly West Pennines to Mediterranean climes, Zak is also showing paintings which trace the footsteps of Matisse, Soutine and Van Gough.

“I’m blessed that my parents live in the South of France,” he says, “and I have created a series of work reflecting those great artists’ passions for its beautiful locations.”

The show runs from 4th May until 30th June but needn’t end there. This is a selling exhibition, with prices from £225 to £3k for the paintings on canvas and canvas paper, and £2 for limited-edition postcards, so these evocative works can be enjoyed at home.

Landscapes, Building and Objects: An exhibition by Zak Last
4th May – 30th June

Coach House Gallery, Astley Hall PR7 1XA



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