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Woolacombe artist Steve Pleydell-Pearce creates paintings based on old travel posters

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: April 04, 2013

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A SERIES of nostalgic paintings of North Devon inspired by travel posters from days gone by will soon be on sale.

Created by local artist Steve Pleydell-Pearce, 48, from Woolacombe, the coastal watercolour paintings have been inspired by railway and travel posters done in the 1920s and 1930s.

He said: "Those old posters gave me such an inspired and optimistic view of our landscape during what must have been a very exciting time in people's lives, discovering stretches of coastline that had been made accessible via the railways, that I felt it would be interesting to create an up to date take on them, for everyone that enjoys the coast today.

"They evoke that time when life was a bit simpler"

Steve's first painting was inspired by the Woolacombe coastline and he is already well on the way to finishing three more paintings based on Saunton, Croyde and Putsborough.

He said while the paintings are primarily based on one area, they are compiled by looking at several viewpoints to create an overall picture of what Steve thinks would be an ideal view.

Steve, who is a full time artist, said he first had the idea a few years ago after seeing one of the old travel posters and wanted to do an updated version based on the coastline today.

The Woolacombe print is available to buy from his stall next to the Red Barn or online at www.stevepp.co.uk or from The Frame Shop and Picture House in Braunton.

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