We have recently put on display a fabulous new artwork at Fleetwood Museum. At nearly 2m high and 3m across it certainly has the wow factor! It was painted by local artist Keith Sutton in 1969, and depicts part of Fleetwood promenade. There are trawlers leaving port with people on a busy front waving goodbye, and local landmarks the Lower Lighthouse and old RNLI building depicted. The artwork is full of character and a great addition to our displays. It was donated to us from the Jacinta Charitable Trust, and is one of many items we have saved for the town from the Jacinta trawler, which is sadly to be scrapped later this year.
Why not take a selfie in front of the artwork and send it to us on twitter? #suttonselfie
Keith Sutton is well known locally for painting trawler vessels. Before he was a professional painter, Keith was a Chief Engineer on Fleetwood trawlers. Being at sea could not stop his passion for painting – he would secure his canvas to pipes to compensate for the constant movement of the ship. It was on trawlers where he completed many of his early original paintings. You can see several other works by him in the museum, including two new acquisitions in our Collecting Fleetwood temporary exhibition.