Artwork handed over to thank council
14 May 2021
A Barnstaple-based artist has donated a painting to North Devon Council to say thank you for the local services it provides.
Oliver Street has gifted his piece entitled "Expressions of Exmoor" which will hang in the council's public reception area in Lynton House, Barnstaple to be enjoyed by its many customers.
The style of the artwork was very specifically intended to show the rugged beauty of the Exmoor landscape - its spring and summer flora and fauna colours, changeable weather and varied textured surfaces.
In addition, the gift marks the launch of Oliver's art print business - Oliver Street Fine Art. His work will be showcased at RHS Garden Rosemoor from the 22 May to 20 June in the exhibition room in the Education Centre.
Oliver says: "The gift is aimed to add colourful decoration to Lynton House, to brighten up visitors' days, reminding people of an aspect of this area's beauty, an Exmoor landscape. The aim is also to express sincere thanks to everyone who makes this community and our part of the county so wonderful."
NDC Chairman Cllr Julie Hunt accepted the gift on the council's behalf. She says: "We are truly honoured that Oliver has donated this beautiful piece of art to us. I am so proud of the services we deliver to the people of North Devon but it's so nice to have it recognised in this unique way. We all wish Oliver the best of luck with his new business."
Oliver and his wife Jane have lived in Barnstaple for 13 years with their dogs Mollie and Max. Oliver used to be a full time secondary school art teacher and has taught in the UK and Jersey. Oliver met Jane at Coventry University and they married in Jersey and have recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Jane works at North Devon Hospital in the Biochemistry Department.