Warwick artist Dennis Hope has 45 works in an exhibition in Armidale for the next month.
Warwick artist Dennis Hope has 45 works in an exhibition in Armidale for the next month. Gerard Walsh

Artwork reflects civic pride

WARWICK artist Dennis Hope will have a painting of the Abbey of the Roses among 45 works in an exhibition in Armidale during the next month.

Mr Hope and his wife Marjorie were in Armidale for the opening at the New England Art Society Gallery in the mall on Saturday.

Armidale Mayor Jim Maher opened the solo exhibition.

The Hopes moved from Brisbane to Warwick three years ago, but previously lived at Armidale where they built an art gallery/reception centre.

Many of his works of historical buildings at Armidale were reproduced on placemats, cards, coasters and tea towels. One order back in 1977 was for 900 sets of six coasters.

More than three decades later, he is drawing buildings in the Warwick area and has similar promotional material on the shelves in Warwick at Duggan's and Bryson's.

"I live here and I want to promote the town," he said.

He is keen to exhibit in art@stmark's on July 19-21 at St Mark's Hall and has applied to have his own exhibition in the Warwick Regional Art Gallery next year, which would include sculptures, drawings and some design work.

Mr Hope's exhibition in the New England area includes works in pen ink and watercolours of buildings, birds, flowers, animals and locomotive 559 from the Warwick Steam Railway.

He has paintings of St Mary's Catholic Cathedral in Armidale, the Gostyk Chapel at Uralla, the Booloominbah building at the University of New England and Abbey of the Roses in Warwick.

"Fifteen of my 45 works for Armidale are to do with the city and I would plan to have the same percentage in an exhibition in Warwick," Mr Hope said.



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