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Harold Riley (b. 1934 )

Oil on Board
Size (inches): 16 (h) x 12 (w) inches
Size (cm): 40.6 (h) x 30.5 (w) cm

Harold Riley was born in 1934 in Salford, and during his student days met and became friendly with L.S. Lowry, who became a huge influence on Riley’s work; Riley and Lowry collaborated on a project to document Salford’s industrial landscape and the day-to-day working lives of its inhabitants. Although Harold Riley has painted his native city many times, he’s probably best known for his portraits of such notable figures as the Duke of Edinburgh and Nelson Mandela. A lifelong sports enthusiast, Harold Riley played for Manchester United’s junior team and often paints sporting scenes of golf and football. He sold his first painting to the Salford City Art Gallery when he was 11, and has since held exhibitions of his work there.


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