AN exciting new exhibition has opened at Newby Hall comprising a collection of around 60 original Postman Pat illustrations by local man Ray Mutimer.
Ray, who lives in Knaresborough, has been a professional illustrator for the last 25 years during which time his work has featured in over 300 children's books published by the BBC, Ladybird and Collins amongst others. He has illustrated a number of classic children's characters including The Moomins, Rupert Bear, Noddy, Charlie Chalk and, of course, Postman Pat. Before becoming a freelance illustrator Ray trained as a secondary school teacher and taught art at St Aidan's High School in Harrogate.
The illustrations on show are the original artwork which was re-produced in a particular book. They cannot be used again for copyright reasons, and many of the books in which they appeared are now out of print, making them all the rarer.
Stuart Gill, of Newby Hall said: "Original illustrations of classic children's characters are increasingly in demand, as they make great Christmas and birthday presents, and are rarely found outside specialist galleries. We're delighted to have this exhibition at Newby."
During the exhibition Newby Hall will be running a competition encouraging any budding young illustrators to create their own Postman Pat images. All entries will be judged by Ray Mutimer at the end of the month and winners will receive one of his original pencil drawings.
The exhibition, in the Grantham Room at Newby Hall, is open to Monday, August 30, daily from 11am – 5pm. All the works on show are for sale and prices range from 150 to 800. Admission is free with entry to the gardens. Adults 6.30, OAP's 5.30 and children 4.80, under 4's are admitted free of charge.