Paintings by local artist to go on display

One of Victor Noble Rainbird's paintings which will be on display.

One of Victor Noble Rainbird's paintings which will be on display.

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A major exhibition of paintings by a North Shields artist is due to open this week.

The Old Low Light Heritage Centre, on North Shields Fish Quay, is holding an exhibition of work by Victor Noble Rainbird.

The exhibition – from July 10, to September 6 – will be the largest exhibition of paintings by the North Shields-born artist to have been staged since the 1930s, and include many paintings that have never previously been seen in public.

The exhibition has been curated by Rainbird enthusiast David Young in association with Tynemouth Fine Art and brings together works from their collections of Rainbird’s paintings, along with works by the artist on loan from other private and public collections.

Rainbird was born in North Shields on December 12, 1887, and educated at Christ Church North Shields. He attended night classes at the Borough of Tynemouth School of Art and Science before going on to study at the Royal College of Art, London.

He served with the Northumberland Fusiliers before residing in West Percy Street, North Shields, between 1917 and 1933. Rainbird died at the age of 47 in 1936. He is buried in a pauper’s grave in Preston Cemetery, North Shields.

This major retrospective exhibition of Rainbird’s work and life – From Dark to Light – opens to the public on Friday, July 10.

The Old Low Light is open daily from 10am to 4pm but anyone travelling to see the VNR exhibition is advised to phone ahead on (0191) 257 4506 to ensure that the exhibition floor is open when you wish to visit – www.oldlowlight.co.uk

For more information about the Friends of Victor Noble Rainbird visit www.victornoblerainbird.com