An absolutely stunning example of the late, great Bill Tolley's unique style.
The painting has just arrived at the gallery, selling on behalf of a private collector who has downsized and no longer has the wall space for the artwork.
Titled on the reverse, "Let It Rain, Let It Rain, Let It Rain...." the original is painted in acrylic on canvas, in Bill's instantly recognisable textured style. Showing a village in the rain, with people wandering beneath umbrellas in the parkland in the foreground. Greys and greens feature heavily, with Bill's characteristic use of texture creating such a pleasing picture.
Condition is good - it is in the condition you would expect a Tolley painting which is approximately 15 years old; it has the stretcher marks common on his work, and a few tiny marks where the paint has not adhered. Bill often used canvas with slightly uneven texture so this is typical for a Tolley original. It has been framed in a scooped silvery grey frame, which suits it perfectly. There are couple of minor marks on the frame.
If you can get to York city centre, please do come to view the painting in person. They are fabulous in real life - a photo never does his artwork justice,
The canvas size is Bill's favourite 30x36" format and the outer frame dimensions are approximately 34.5 x 40.5" - this is a large painting, so if you are thinking about getting the painting delivered, please ask us to check that you are in an area our couriers can cover.
As Tolley fans will be aware, Bill sadly passed away in 2011, and his work is very rarely offered for sale.
Here at The Braithwaite Gallery, Bill's work has provided us, and our customers, with much joy in art form, for almost 20 years; we initially discovered his work through publishing house Solomon & Whitehead, who published Bill's first limited editions of his stylised little houses, at the same time as they were publishing the figurative work of our own Mark Braithwaite.
Over the years since, we have handled the sale of many of Bill's original paintings, and watched in awe as they have climbed in price. You will be interested to hear that when we sell one of Bill's paintings on the secondary market, a percentage of the sale goes back to the artist's estate, via the Artist's Resale Right Scheme, handled by the Design & Copyright Society. It seems fitting that his family should continue to benefit from the sale of his beautiful work.