Old Roundwood Colliery Paintings
Above: A painting of Old Roundwood Colliery, Ossett by Yorkshire artist Michael Milner. Milner was born in 1942, and spent his childhood in a mining village near Glasshoughton Colliery, Castleford. The hustle and bustle of daily life at the Yorkshire pits would go on to shape his working life. First Milner worked as a mining engineer, a job he held at the National Coal Board for 18 years. Later, he went on to teach art to male and female prisoners at local prisons in the Wakefield area. Inevitably, the subject he turned his brush to was life in the shadow of the pit, from soot-covered miners heading home to trains pulling trucks of coal down the tracks. A series of Michael Milner's paintings like the one of Old Roundwood pictured above were shared with the public in an exhibition of his work at the National Coal Mining Museum from February to May in 2015.
Above: A 1957 painting of Old Roundwood Colliery by artist Paul Sharp who was born in 1921 at Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire. He attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, soon followed by Wakefield School of Arts and Crafts in 1937 and then studied at Leeds College of Art (1940-41). He was then called up and served in the RAF as a radar technician until 1946, after which he went to study at the Royal College of Art (1946-1949). Sharp then taught at Farnham College of Art becoming Head of the Department of Design. During this time he became known for his illustration work and printmaking. In 1960 he left teaching to become a full-time graphic designer. He became the main artist working for the Westerham Press and worked on many projects. His reputation grew and he worked for clients such as Sotheby's, Paul Mellon Foundation, the Science Museum and many others. He also illustrated books and worked designing advertising material and brochures. His prints from the 1950s and 1960s are mostly lithographs.