Ann Petherick of Kentmere House Gallery is hoping to make contact with a highly- talented artist who lived in York in the 1980s and ran a gallery in Helmsley.
Patricia Magee was a striking-looking woman, then in her early 30s, who lived in a flat in St. Saviourgate, York. She was a very skilled watercolour artist, who was particularly known for her paintings of shop fronts in York, London and elsewhere. She also managed a small independent gallery in Helmsley – the ‘Look Gallery’ – for a number of years.
Ann showed Patricia’s work at Grape Lane Gallery in the 1980s, and a number of her shopfront paintings from that period have recently become available for sale.
“These eight paintings were commissioned by one of my customers.
One shows the original Banks music shop in York, which was then on the corner of Stonegate. Another is the Art Deco shop, also was also on Stonegate. The other six are of London shops, including many famous retailers such as Paxton & Whitfield and Floris, in Jermyn Street close to Piccadilly, and others in Covent Garden.”
Ann last met Patricia in about 1990 in Masham and, by coincidence a few days later, in London. Patricia had been living the Middle East and was about to return there. Ann would be very interested to hear from anyone in York who remembers Patricia or who may be in touch with her now.