Collect Art are thrilled to have this truly wonderful painting by the artist Theodore Major available for sale. It is titled ‘White Cottage’ and measures 37″ x 30″. The medium is oil on board and it can be seen in the gallery in Lymm, Cheshire or by appointment. It is a truly stunning example of his work and the paint has been applied thickly in parts. As with most of the highly collected works especially the industrial paintings by Theodore Major, it has one lone figure in the landscape which helps add a narrative to the painting. The painting has come from the estate of the family and has not been seen in public for many many years.
Theodore Major was born in humble circumstances in Wigan, Lancashire, settling there from 1950 with his painter wife, Kathleen at Appley Bridge. He attended the local art school between 1927-1932, and taught there between 1930-1950.Major was a fervent Lancastrian, he was against materialism, the commercial gallery system and the sale of his pictures to rich collectors.
He retained about 3000 of his pictures which he said were painted for ordinary people, not money. Art critic John Berger called Major’s pictures “among the best English paintings of our time” He painted in a wide range of styles “to disturb and extend consciousness in the mind of the viewer”.
He was president of the Wigan Art Club which he founded in 1952. He exhibited in Nottingham, Bolton, Manchester and had Arts Council sponsored solo exhibitions at Carlisle and Blackburn Art Galleries and in 1984 at Salford Art Gallery which holds his work.
His paintings are now being discovered and admired by art collectors, particularly his vibrant flower pieces and his powerful industrial scenes.
Major retrospective of his work were held at Salford Museum and Art Gallery in 2003 and Gallery Oldham in 2008.