Retired art teacher Gordon Humphreys comes from a family of Lancashire farmers, but for Gordon a career in the world of art seemed more appealing than the green, green grass of the fields around Widnes and Cuerdley.
Having relatives in Garston often brought him to Liverpool on the old Crosville bus route, ensuring memories of a city that included the old overhead railway, a river packed with shipping and ferry trips from the Pier Head to New Brighton, Llandudno and the Isle of Man. There were also the bomb sites from the WW2 blitz on the city.
Gordon went to Liverpool College of Art in the late 50s and 60s, an arty participant of a beatnik and bohemian lifestyle in a city emerging as a cultural and music mecca.
After a lifelong career in teaching – as an art master – he is spending his retirement following his passion for creating art, in his favourite playground… Liverpool. He revealed his Reflections of Merseyside when a collection of more than 30 of his oil paintings went on show at View Two, at 23 Mathew Street, Liverpool, from March 10 until April 1 2017.
“If there is any message in my work, it is simply “observe, use your eyes, enjoy the environment and discover aspects we see, but don’t always look at,” says Widnes-born Gordon, who now lives in Great Sankey.