William Geldart

Weasal - Wind In The Willows by William Geldart
Ships Rat - Wind In The Willows by William Geldart
Rabbit - Wind In The Willows by William Geldart
Otter - Wind In The Willows by William Geldart
The Chase 5 by William Geldart
The Chase 4 by William Geldart
The Chase 3 by William Geldart
The Chase 2 by William Geldart
The Chase 1 by William Geldart
Badger - Wind In The Willows by William Geldart
Ratty - Wind In The Willows by William Geldart
Toad - Wind In The Willows by William Geldart
Mole - Wind In The Willows by William Geldart
From instantly recognisable faces from the pages of both The Wind in the Willows and many a Charles Dickens’ novel of yore, through to more localised illustrative observations of ever-changing urban and rural landscape scenes which depict his beloved Cheshire and Manchester, evergreen and much-respected fine artist and illustrator, William Geldart continues to produce original art work of the very highest standard with impressive regularity for a seasoned artisan.
Geldart was born in Marple in Cheshire in 1936 and was schooled at Hyde Grammar School not too distant from the family home. On leaving secondary education Geldart fulfilled his National Service obligation by joining an RAF fighter squadron, based in Germany, in the capacity of a photographer. After completing his National Service Geldart won at place at Manchester’s Regional College of Art where he studied design and illustration.

Thereafter Geldart found himself in a series of jobs which did little to either challenge or inspire his creativity, amongst which was a short spell in an advertising agency, shortly before he found happiness and a role which suited him down to the ground at Cheshire Life magazine. Geldart worked at the hugely subscribed to regional lifestyle periodical for a number of years in total, rising to the position of Art Editor during his time there, a role he coveted for six years. however after contributing some freelance illustrations to The Sunday Times newspaper which were met with approval, Geldart decided to take a punt on becoming a freelance illustrator per se, effectively freeing himself of any commercial restraints which hindered his perception and take on various artistic disciplines.

Subsequently Geldart grew a reputation and succeeded in making something of a name for himself as a book illustrator, with an emphasis on children’s titles more often than not, which dovetailed nicely with his passion for character creation in his art. Geldart severed ties with any remaining commercial aspects to his art in 1979, and from that point onwards concentrated fully on his own individual pieces and collections, as well as commissions, based out of his home studio in Henbury near Macclesfield. Around this same juncture, and with his wife, Geldart also ran the Geldart Gallery, itself situated in the county town of Macclesfield up until 2011.
Speaking of Geldart’s commissions, and he soon became inundated with illustrative requests from a raft of prestigious clients, all keen to secure a Geldart original or two for their very public collections. Organisations and companies of the calibre of The Sunday Times, The Halle Orchestra and Manchester International Airport amongst such household names. At the same time, invitations to complete freelance book and magazine illustrations started to pour in, which proved beyond any reasonable – or indeed, lingering – doubt that Geldart had arrived at the right decision.

Away from the spotlight of blue-chip commissions, Geldart has accrued a sizeable and enviable back catalogue of highly illustrative work which stands as the perfect graphic CV for the flexible and versatile artist. As anyone who has previously cast more than a furtive glance over Geldart’s body of compositional work can attest to, his native and enduringly familiar North West, and Manchester and Cheshire in particular, remain foremost in his visual mind’s eye, with recurrent scenes and vistas outlining the likes of the rurally idyllic Prestbury, Astbury and Henbury nestling in with the more dramatic, urban sprawls indicative of Manchester and its cosmopolitan heart.

And when Geldart’s not cementing his undiluted fondness for his beloved North Western landmarks and panoramas, he can just as easily be found re-imagining the pre-loved compositional appeal of some fictitious favourites which we all can immediately identify with, all in the name of revisited art. Both The Wind in the Willows and Dickens’ past literary fables have been dipped into by Geldart and illustratively re-interpreted for a new audience, with familiar favourites such as Mole, Ratty and Toad to The Artful Dodger, Bill Sykes and Fagin, all receiving the Geldart artistic effect. Yet there’s still more to Geldart’s work than that, as observed when running the rule over his very own character creations, including the Chauvinistic Pig, Merlin and The Owl and the Pussycat, alongside of actual still life portraits and landscapes populated by real life pigs, badgers, otters, ducks, foxes and hedgehogs, elsewhere.

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