An artist who made it big in Hollywood is to have his first major UK exhibition.

Accrington-born John Tierney featured in the Observer last year after his painting of the iconic Paul Smith store was printed onto silk ties by the designer himself. He then held a huge display of John’s work at his shop.

The reception was attended by a cast of Hollywood A-listers and the ties sold out overnight.

Now John, 67, is preparing for a UK exhibition at Knightsbridge in London. The Horsebox Gallery got in touch with John after seeing his work on the Saatchi gallery website and snapped him up for a solo exhibition which will feature 40 paintings.

John’s work includes a collection of landscapes of LA, New York and Helsinki, the cities where his three sons live.

 

Retired criminology professor John said he was looking forward to the exhibition.

He said: “It should be interesting. A number of galleries both in the US and the UK approached me after the Paul Smith exhibition but some of them move quite slowly and The Horsebox seemed really keen.

“The paintings are all oil on canvas and they’re a mixture of landscapes of the desert at the Joshua Tree National Park in California and cityscapes.

“I was attracted to the different light in the cities.”

John said California’s blue skies and sun made it a good place to do cityscapes whereas in New York the seasons are more extreme and he liked the architecture.

The exhibition, called Cool Brio opens on Wednesday, March 6 and runs until Friday, March 29. John will be present at a private viewing on March 5.

John, who worked as a draughtsman before moving to Durham in his early 20s, regularly returns to Accrington to see his mother Mary and sister Mary. His art is entirely self taught.