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Medium: Oil on Canvas

Size: 70.0cm x 80.0cm (27.5″ x 31.5″)

Signed: Yes

Framed: Yes


Artist’s Statement
'Canal builders' is from a small series of monochromatic canvases that I completed that were inspired by photographs depicting the history of Manchester. The painting shows both the men and children in a staged shot as the building of the famous canal network around the North West of England is recorded. These canals would provide the area with the opportunity to provide the world with goods such as cotton, paper, soaps and a range of subsidiary goods.

Canal Builders by Steven Royles

  • Steven Royles lives and works in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. Steven is an award winning artist, with an honours degree in Fine Art, whose work has focused primarily on the depiction of Manchester and the surrounding areas. More recently, with the advent of the pandemic, Steven has turned to drawing nature in charcoal. Steven has exhibited nationally, including at the Nationwide Mercury Art Prize in 2006 and at the Everyman Art gallery in 2010. Steven was also a finalist on the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year competition in 2019.



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The picture arrived this afternoon, very well packed and in excellent condition. It is indeed a very fine picture.

The painting is received and is a really nice small study-like work...

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