Robert Olley

One close to my heart – on this date in 1940 Robert Olley was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear.

A british artist and sculpture he’s best known for his quirky and humorous drawings of working class life in the North of East of England.

Bob was born into a mining family and began his working life  as a painter and decorator before going into the mining industry, spending eleven years at Whitburn Colliery until the pit closed 1968.

His most famous creations are his painting of Westoe Netty (we have a print of this in our downstairs WC) and his sculpture of Stan Laurel which stands proud in a square in North Shields.

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