In the third instalment of a new series entitled Painting the North, Ant Cosgrove, the man behind The Northern Art Page on Facebook, will be sharing striking works of art, sketches and drawings from around The North of England. As the weeks progress, Ant will bring you his image of the week from the popular social media page. This week it’s Construction by the Rochdale Canal by Steven Bewsher.

Ant says:Steven Bewsher was born in Manchester in 1964. He graduated from Manchester and Wolverhampton and has exhibited widely. In 1995, he displayed at the Mall Gallery in London after taking part in the Discerning Eye Competition. In the same year, he held his first one-man show in Knutsford to great acclaim. This led the way for further solo and group shows around the country, most recently in Bath.

Bewsher’s work concerns the effects of light and shade on the landscape and the urban scene, capturing the changing colours and luminosity of the seasons, and the texture of the built environment. Reminiscent of David Tress, his painting is vigorous but painterly, showing clearly the process of his knife work.

His subject matter is varied from landscape to demolition, but all painted with energy and feeling for the paint. His work has been featured in The Art MagazineArtist and Illustrator and Cheshire Today, and he has contributed to several tuition books.

This work is featured in the large mixed Northern art exhibition currently showing at Gateway Gallery in Hale, Cheshire. The paintings are all inspired by the urban landscape of Greater Manchester both past and present.”

Construction by the Rochdale Canal, Steven Bewsher


By Ant Cosgrove, The Northern Art Page


The exhibition runs until July 29, 2017 and works can be viewed in the gallery or online at