View of a Woodland Cottage by Allen Tortice

View of a Woodland Cottage by Allen Tortice

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  • £450

  • This item is currently on display at:
    Molly and Maud's Showroom, York

This is a watercolour and pencil of a view of a woodland cottage by Allen Tortice (b.1948)

The frame measures 44cm by 53cm and picture measures 22cm by 31cm



Allen Tortice was born in East Ardsley, near Wakefield in 1948. He grew up in a large family, his father worked in the mines and his mother was a mill worker.  He had a number of jobs including, like his father, going down the mines, and later, a brief spell in the army.
He also attended Wakefield College to study mining engineering, but left to join the Army.

He started painting seriously in the 1980’s, his first one-man exhibition was a sell out on the first day. He had four more exhibitions after this in Leeds, Harrogate and Blackpool.

Tortice has developed his own style of painting based on a nostalgia for the industrial landscape and his own experiences of growing up. He has always been drawn to industrial landscapes, feeling that these are disappearing fast, and he tries to capture them before the past is gone forever. He thinks that we must not forget our industrial heritage, for that is what made us great.

He found out late in life that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism. He knew he was different but did not know why. He describes his feelings: “I was bursting inside to express myself and I found that art was my only friend”.

Not only has Allen a keen following for his paintings, but also he has developed much interest in his poetry, written on the back of his watercolours. They take us back through much of Allen’s childhood experiences and of those who grew up around him.

Allen has had a number of one-man exhibitions around the country, and his work has been featured on television.

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