This February, Brita Granstrom’s Nordic Art

Fall in love with nordic art this February with Brita Granstrom at St Mary’s Inn.

An acute observer of moments of endearing intimacy, Brita Granström’s fresh, direct and exuberant paintings provide visual delights in abundance. Her exhibition ‘Love Letters’ will be showcased at St Mary’s Inn from 12th February to 14th April 2016.

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Have you noticed that Scandinavian art is everywhere in Britain at the moment? There’s the BBC’s ‘Northern Lights’ series on radio, ‘Scandi noir’ crime novels sell millions and detectives such as Wallander and the autistic Saga have a huge following. And, of course it seems there’s always been IKEA!

Now entering the lists is Brita Granström, a Swede living in Northumberland whose exhibition ‘Love Letters’, runs concurrently at three exciting venues across the North East including: recent winner with the Good Hotel Guide, St Mary’s Inn near Morpeth, sister property Jesmond Dene House and Newcastle art gallery Gallagher & Turner from the 12th February to 14 April 2016.

Although there are paintings of letters in this collection the title, Love Letters, signifies a broader love of the world rather than simply romantic exchanges. Whether Brita’s subject is of people, landscapes, the domestic and the everyday, a collection of moulded glass bowls or a bowl of flowers in front of a window, the underlying purpose is always the same: the energy of nature finds its equivalence in sweeps and scribbles of paint, shapes and colours which together encompass a myriad of expressions.

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Brita Granström divides her time between Britain and Sweden, and her career between illustration and painting. Born in Sweden in 1969, Brita Granström studied at Orebro Art School from 1988 – 89 and then from 1989 – 92 at Stockholm’s University College of Art & Design. Since moving to England in 1993, she now lives in Berwick upon Tweed on the Northumberland coast but spends the summer months in Sweden with her partner Mick Manning, the author and illustrator with whom she has collaborated on many award-winning illustrated children’s books, and their four sons.

The exhibition offers the opportunity to visit the pub and see some inspiring art pieces at the same time. Brita and her family will be joining us at St Mary’s on the afternoon of Saturday 13th February from 2pm-4pm, so please come and meet this fantastic artist.

All of the artwork will be for sale on the day.


 Download a catalogue of Brita Granström’s work.

Works also on view and for sale at Gallagher & Turner






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