Bill Hindmarsh has always lived and worked in the North East. He began his working life in the coalfields of Northumberland before moving to Durham; therefore,it is not surprising that he draws inspiration from this. His first success was as an eighteen-year-old apprentice electrician in 1961 when he won a special prize, an easel, at the popular NCB exhibition. His first oil painting was sold to Mathias and Spencer & Sons manufacturers of coal cutting equipment and prints were circulated worldwide.
At this time Bill was asked to join the Ashington Art Group, who had become known as the Pitman Painters but then as now he prefers to find his own way. This decision to go it alone meant learning the hard way! One major disadvantage may have been slower development in ideas, however this resulted in a better knowledge of techniques as many hours were spent on learning the basics. This enabled Bill to be able to use several mediums and can tackle diverse subjects competently.
In 2000 he fulfilled his ambition and became a professional artist and has since then exhibited work throughout the region. His work is now in homes across England and a small number in America,Australia, Germany, Ireland and Holland as well as private collections. Local hospitals, civic bodies and museums have started to buy his work. The House of Lords have purchased two paintings to add to their collection and Durham University have several examples of his artworks. It has been his work depicting miners that have proved most popular and he is one of a decreasing band of mining artists that still draws on inspiration from his time down the mines.
Bills work is an eclectic mix of subjects and media. Several of his modern minimalist paintings of Northumbria have been obtained by a successful interior designer to complement the restoration of properties. His one man exhibitions include:-
The Botanic Gardens, Durham 2000
National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield 2002
Customs House South Shields 2005
Tallantyre of Morpeth 2007
Bishop Auckland Town Hall 2003,2008, 2010
Woodhorn Mining Museum 2010
Grey College Durham University 2011
Wallington Gallery Corbridge 2011
Due to demand some paintings shown here have been sold and are shown as examples, they can be replaced with similar paintings but each painting takes on an original form and no prints are made. If you need clarification or wish to view Bills current work please E-mail from this site.