Centre of Britain Hotel & Restaurant, Main Sreet, Haltwhistle, Northumberland NE49 0BH

Tel: 01434 322 422  Fax: 01434 322 655  Email: manager@centre-of-britain.org.uk

ART AT THE CENTRE OF BRITAIN

 ALAN REED

One of Britain’s leading watercolourists,

Alan was born in the North of England

into a family with a history of painting,

and fell in love with watercolours

at the age of 15.

His father Kenneth Reed is the world’s

leading Golf artist and Alan’s grandfather

and great-grandfather were also artists.

Alan trained as an illustrator/graphic

designer in the North of England and

spent the early part of his career doing

artist impressions of new building

projects for architects.

Since then he has developed his own distinctive painting style that is instantly recognisable. Alan specialises in landscapes and cityscapes and his unique, fluid style captures the atmosphere of different settings from the drama of city life to the serenity and beauty of a rural landscape and studies inspired by his foreign travels.  Alan and hs lovely wife Susan now run a series of very successful painting holidays based in the stunning "Chiesa del Carmine" in the Valenzino Valley 20 minutes north of Perugia, in the heart of Italy.

In the Garden Suite are four sailing ships which all visited Newcastle in the Tall Ships Race of 1986.  These are

      DAR MLODZIEZY (Poland)        Sail Training Ship 1986

     EENDRACHT (Netherlands)   2 masted Schooner 1974

          FALKEN  (Sweden)                2 masted training Schooner

   KRUZENSTERN (Russia)         4 Masted Barque 1926

In the Pele Tower is "Bellister Castle" commissioned in 1987 when we moved in there.  The painting of the Centre of Britain Hotel is from 1996 and was created to show the new presentation of the Hotel after renovation.

Up the staircase is an extensive collection of Alan's print series  of Northumbland Castles and Scenes from Newcastle.  Alan's latest watercolour for us is "The Spirit of the Centre of Britain" - a view combining features of the three great epochs of the area- Lamley Viaduct (Industrial Revolution)  - Featherstoine Castle (Border Reivers) and "The Three Sisters at Walltown Crags (Roman), over which Hadrian's Wall is routed.