Art returns home after 26 years

Retired head of art Peter Edwards and James Wilson with the pictures.
Retired head of art Peter Edwards and James Wilson with the pictures.

A former schoolboy painter has been reunited with his ‘highly imaginative’ art that has graced the walls of Pocklington School for three decades, prompting a surprising trip down memory lane for the painter James Wilson.

Mr Wilson attended the school between 1983 and 1990 is delighted to once again see his studies of the fair at West Green, Pocklington.

He said: “Getting my art back after 26 years transported me back to a mindset of how I was as a 16 year-old-boy. It was rather strange but a great thing.”

James has happy memories of being in the art department with his mentor the late Nigel Billington.

He said: “He was my first art teacher. He instilled in me a way of seeing the world differently and expressing my thoughts through art.

Teacher Pete Edwards carried this on through GCSE and A level.”

Retired head of art Mr Edwards retrieved the paintings from the art department where they were still hanging on the wall and remarked how the work looked “refreshing and highly imaginative; ahead of its time”.

“They were so good I had them framed,” he added.

After leaving Pocklington School in 1990, Mr Wilson studied civil engineering at Leeds University.

He is now a senior geotechnical engineer at Leeds City Council.

He has continued to enjoy his love of art through sketching, printing and painting in his free time, life drawing classes whilst at university and evening classes in stained glass at York College.

He has also completed part-time classes in creative writing at York College and York University and recently finished his first novel, set in York, illustrated with drawings and prints. Mr Edwards has exhibited his work in exhibitions in Pocklington and London and is also part of the East Yorkshire Open Studios Team.