We’re very pleased to welcome back Black Country artist Ken Wood to the Portal in a brand new exhibition for 2017. After a very successful exhibition in 2016, visitors will be able to view Ken’s art works over the next two months.

Ken’s paintings explore Black Country industry and waterways, as well as family life hundreds of years ago. The exhibition is free to visit in our temporary exhibition space. All art works will also be for sale.

Ken’s oil paintings bring past industrial landscapes to life. Views in this exhibition include atmospheric scenes of Atherstone locks, the Wordsley Cone, Netherton Branch, as well as scenes of Black Country life such as ‘Gettin Babby Washed’. Ken’s dramatic and vibrant use of oil paints captures skies glowing in pinks and reds from the roar of the furnaces which would be kept going through the night. Ken’s paintings of everyday life focus on the family lives of workers. Paintings such as ‘New Arrival’ and ‘Late for School’ show touching and intimate moments in the life of a family in this area.

Ken was born in Ironbridge and later moved to Dudley. At an early age Ken became very aware of the intense labour carried out by the local people keeping industry alive in the area. Ken’s paintings are testament to this industrial heritage. His works have been exhibited widely and even found their way to the USA and New Zealand.

The exhibition is free to visit and will be running from 16th February to 14th April. All of the original artwork featured in the exhibition will be for sale. For more information call 0121 557 6265.