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Life imitating art…….

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South Shields Town Hall

………or is it the other way around?

I was inspired to make this fetching piece of art having read that Cllr. Allen Branley, the millionaire dentist and property developer, has launched an art gallery. The South Tyneside Independent Alliance councillor (twice removed) has partnered up  with Corbridge artist Andy Balman to present and promote works of art within his Complete Smile Dental business in Thomas Street, South Shields.

I wish him well, it is an innovative way to get people to wander into the former Chelsea Cat building to browse some paintings and ponder some fillings and crowns whilst they are there.

I was inspired to make this piece of artistic representation by two things, this painting found at Branley’s new Complete Art website, a fascinating little rural montage featuring a sketch of a bird and a hanging stickman,  and the interesting history of Cllr. Branley’s local political career. The new website is quite informative, and once you are finished looking around the works of art in the Customs House, spent some time in the Customs House shop in King Street, South Shields, perused Bill and Ian West’s photography in Harton Village, you can come back to learn that Cllr. Branley splits his time between South Shields and Texas in the USA as a practising dentist, lecturer, and international art collector. He is clearly a very busy man!

I am fascinated by Allen’s taste in art as illustrated and presented on his new website, the two potato heads with the joker’s hat tickled me, as did the tasteful young naked lady, I also found a couple of mad hatters surrounded by small works, all very nice.

If anyone is interested I can provide an A4 print on very plain paper of the above piece “The Road to Westoe” for only £900.

I’d like to finish this post with a piece of music dedicated to those who don’t have tow pennies to rub together, cannot afford to own properties, and to those who need a drink (or three), – just enjoy the art, it’s healthier.

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Written by curly

January 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

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  1. Curly why is yours so cheap? Its as good as the rest.
    Yeah, you’d need to be drunk as a skunk to pay those prices.

    R. Thompson

    January 29, 2011 at 7:24 pm

  2. Pity that he was’nt around when “Super Mac” was playing for NUFC. Waiting for the “leaked documents” collection to appear a la a Picasso style collage…

    LL.B

    January 30, 2011 at 8:04 am

  3. Good luck with the art gallery in a dentists.
    I wonder if it will show the 1.5 million pound invested into mr Branleys bank account courtesy of south tyneside government grants ?

    louis the lip

    January 30, 2011 at 8:46 am

  4. How does he find time to go to council meetings when he is that busy making moolah. I live in his ward and cannot afford to even think about getting pictures to hang on my wall at those daft prices, hope he thinks about that when he says he represents me.

    Joanne C.

    January 30, 2011 at 9:12 am


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