The Bugle has been “The Voice of the Black Country” over the past 41 years and we have always encouraged readers to share their stories and poetry, preserving folk memory and honouring the unique social and industrial history of our region.
However, visual art forms can also tell important stories about our heritage, as borne out by the recent publication of a gallery of sketches by John Williams.
We asked other Black Country artists with a feel for the canvas and an eye for colour to contact us with their work, and Alan Robinson from Wednesbury has obliged us with a few examples.
Alan has always enjoyed painting and his skills as an artist were fine tuned at places such as Cronehills Secondary Technical School, the Royal and Memorial Art School in Lodge Road, West Bromwich, and by art master Mr Cheetham at Charlemont School and Mr Tromans, a tutor in pottery and sculpture.
Alan enjoys drawing and painting a variety of subjects, but his favourites are churches and pubs, and a few years ago he managed to complete a series of paintings that included every church and chapel in Wednesbury.
There is no disputing his technical ability and so we present this mini gallery of his work.
The painting featured at the bottom of the page is one Alan is particularly proud of, a fine depiction of Tewkesbury Abbey.
Are there more budding Leonardos or Lowrys among Bugle readers? Share the best of your artwork with us.
Contact jworkman@ blackcountrybugle.co.uk, 01384 567678, or write to Bugle House, 41 High Street, Cradley Heath, B64 5HL