By Graham Chalmers
A new website has been set up to promote the work of a late Harrogate man who was one of Yorkshire’s leading watercolour artists of the last century.
Born in Rawdon, John Barrie Haste lived much of his life in Harrogate before his death in 2011 at the grand old age of 80.
Strongly influenced by the painters of the Norwich School, particularly Turner and Cotman, Haste’s daughter Sally has devoted countless hours to setting up this impressive website to ensure justice is done to his legacy in landscapes.
Despite his reknown, which led to many one man exhibitions throughout the UK, and his extensive international travels, Haste often returned to local subject material.
Know more affectionally as “Barrie Haste”, in 1992 he was commissioned by ICI Fibres to paint a picture of what was to become Crimple House which is now in the collection of North Yorkshire County Council.
The selection of paintings for the collection was arranged by The Mercer Gallery and sponsored by ICI Fibres.
Haste also painted Rudding Park, Harewood House, Montpellier in Harrogate, Spofforth, Hampthswaite, Kirby Malzeard, Knaresborough, and Fountains Abbey.
Haste gave graphic demonstrations and lectures on watercolour painting at Harrogate and Nidderdale Art Club.