"The true artist seeks neither fame nor fortune. His task is not one of producing more pictures to decorate people's walls or of recording the appearance of the natural world. His mission is a spiritual one" - Theodore Major.
The painter Theodore Major was born in Wigan and studied at Wigan Art School. He established a reputation as a Lancashire artist, painting gritty and disturbing scenes of the northern landscape and working class.
Although he painted thousands of canvases in his lifetime, he chose to shun the commercial art world and refused to sell his work, believing that works of art should belong to all people.
Stylistically, Major produced an impressive variety of paintings, ranging from his harrowing industrial scenes commenting on war, poverty and the human condition, to nudes dedicated to his wife Kathleen and vibrant floral compositions. With works kindly loaned by Durham University, the exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to see a significant collection of some of Major's best paintings, with a particular focus on his city portraits and seascapes."
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