Meet Yorkshire Artist James McGairy
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Meet Yorkshire Artist James McGairy

James McGairy has been working as an artist in Guisborough, on the northern edge of the North York Moors, since 1991.

James McGairy

 James has used paint in response to this region’s visual splendour, creating paintings that celebrate  our landscape.  There is a certain northern light that is very subtle, and James strives to convey this feeling through paint to convey that sense of place.

His paintings are collected internationally and have won several awards.  Take a look at some of his work below and enjoy some of Yorkshire’s most beautiful scenes, and then come and see them for yourself!

Yorkshire Artist James McGairy

The Yorkshire Coast

'Saltburn Winter  Evening'  James McGairy

Staithes Beck, Smokey - James McGairy

'Staithes from Boulby' James McGairy

Where to stay: Yorkshire Coast Cottages

The North York Moors

James McGairy. River esk, Autumn Morning‘I search for subjects that inspire, I often look for a ‘Light’, for me , this is the key. I often return to familiar places, sometimes I am lucky, and I try to capture this moment. I use photographs as reference, however I need to spend time at the location. The painting process involves layers of paint, in an effort to achieve depth, I feel my way into paintings. I am continually thrilled by the magical quality of paint.’

'River Esk, Egton' James McGairy

Where to stay: North York Moors Cottages

The Yorkshire Dales

'River Swale, Keld' James McGairy

Where to stay: Yorkshire Dales Cottages

All of the images above are courtesy of Yorkshire artist James McGairy.   James’s paintings can be found at The Look Gallery in Helmsley and Whitby Galleries, Whitby.  You can also view more of James’ work on his website: and Facebook page: McGairy artist 

James also teaches painting with regular workshops and demonstrations. For more information please contact James on or visit the website.


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