Tour de France: Artist Straffon’s amazing offer

Artist James Straffon's Tour de France legends mural on the side of the wall at Poliform North and The Factory in Harrogate.

Artist James Straffon's Tour de France legends mural on the side of the wall at Poliform North and The Factory in Harrogate.

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By Graham Chalmers

With interest in Yorkshire’s role in the Tour de France at fever pitch, acclaimed artist James Straffon devised an exciting project to run alongside his exhibition Carbon Sulphur and Paint at RedHouse Originals Gallery in Harrogate.

London-based Straffon created a series of ten original Le Tour themed paintings which he has been leaving in various iconic locations around Harrogate for members of the public to find and keep.

Anyone who finds a picture in the Have You Seen Harry? - The Le Tour Street Art Giveaway in the build-up to the Grand Depart is allowed to keep it forever.

James said: “I feel honoured to harness the excitement that the Tour brings, and help create a unique exhibition project for Harrogate at such a special gallery.”

Straffon’s exhibition at RedHouse on Cheltenham Mount features 42 new artworks celebrating the arrival of the Grand Depart on display at RedHouse Originals until July 19.

The artist himself is due to attend the gallery on Friday night, the day before the first stage of the Tour De France finishes in Harrogate, when Knaresborough’s independent brewers Roosters will also be unveiling their new exclusive real ale for Le Tour called The Golden Eagle.

Straffon has also created giant murals of famous cycling greats such as Tommy Simpson on the side of the wall of The Factory on Station Parade which is viewable from Station Bridge.

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