Eye-catching art at Knaresboro’ station

NAKP 1206111 K'boro Railway Station painting.  Artist Peter Kearney with Doris Hayton (Chairperson of the Friends of Knaresborough Railway Station), Barney Skrentny and Angela James of The George A. Moore Foundation. (1206111AM2)
NAKP 1206111 K'boro Railway Station painting. Artist Peter Kearney with Doris Hayton (Chairperson of the Friends of Knaresborough Railway Station), Barney Skrentny and Angela James of The George A. Moore Foundation. (1206111AM2)

Two new pieces of artwork have been installed at Knaresborough Railway Station.

Already catching the eye of rail users, the trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) paintings done by highly-acclaimed local artist Peter Kearney are in the entrance hall situated off the York bound platform.

Although there are already three works of art on the opposite platform, Doris Hayton, Chair of the Friends of Knaresborough Railway Station who regularly looks after the staion felt that the entrance area needed to be brightened up.

“We already had ticket and left luggage office windows, so I thought it would be a nice idea to recreate this with the trompe paintings,” explained Doris.

“I obtained sponsors - Barney Skrentny of HMCA in Knaresborough, Julia Skrentny from Knaresborough and also The George A Moore Foundation, who all very kindly agreed to help out and we are so grateful.

“I then approached Peter Kearney to ask if he would like to do the trompes. Peter agreed, so we met and discussed what we would like to see.

“The paintings now in place are just what I wanted to see in this area.

“They are proving to be popular and photographs of them will, I am sure, be going all over the world.”

The two pictures depict the ticket office and the left luggage office and just as the other trompe l’oeil have proved so popular with visitors and locals alike that are already on show in Knaresborough, the latest tow additions to the trail are also sure to prove a real draw.

This year, Knaresborough In Bloom has entered the railway station into the national In Bloom competition with the town competing in the large town category.

“A lot will depend on the impending building works which are due to be carried out there shortly and there is a lot to do,” said Doris, but she is confident of success and to that end, has been working hard to ensure the planters, boxes and tubs look at their best for the judging on August 7.

Doris also added that Network Rail will be publicising Knaresborough’s new trompe l’oeil in their national magazine.

If you’d like to see the other paintings in the town which are on walls and in alcoves on various buildings in the town centre, a special trompe l’oeil trail leaflet is available from the Tourist Information Centre in Castle Courtyard.