Crime novelist, Ann Cleeves, chooses Tyneside shipyard art as her favourite painting

Award winning North East crime writer Ann Cleeves has picked William: A Shipyard Labourer as her  favourite painting in an article for this week’s Country Life Magazine (1st March 2017 edition)

The painting is a large portrait of a Swan Hunter shipyard worker by Peter Patrick Burns.

Peter Burns joined the Swan Hunter shipyard on Tyneside as an apprentice at the age of 15 and worked there as a plater until the yard’s closure in 1991.  He has painted all his life, alongside working in the shipyard, and still paints from his studio at home in Gateshead.

The painting was one of several by Peter that were included in The Shipyard Painters exhibition that we helped curate at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre in North Shields in summer 2016.

Ann writes of the painting: “It represents home for me. I’m drawn to this face, to the determination and the unflinching stare.”

We’re delighted that Ann has picked this portrait as her favourite painting – it was definitely a favourite with visitors to The Shipyard Painters exhibition too.

We have some original pieces of art by Peter Burns in the Tynemouth Fine Art gallery at the moment and we hope to be launching a range of limited edition prints of Peter’s work soon – please get in touch if you would like more information.

A large portrait picture of a shipyard worker