Ripley gallery 'violated' with theft of £1,000 painting says Harrogate artist

The stolen painting - Ullswater Fells, 60x60cm, 995 by Stephen Lennon
The stolen painting - Ullswater Fells, 60x60cm, 995 by Stephen Lennon

A Harrogate landscape artist has described the theft of one of his works as a violation after the  £1,000 painting was taken from a Ripley gallery.

Artist, Stephen Lennon, was having an exhibition of his paintings at the Chantry House art gallery in Ripley when it was broken into.

The painting called ‘Ullswater Fells’ by Mr Lennon was the only picture taken during the incident which happened in the early hours of Sunday May 8.

Mr Lennon said: “This is a first class, friendly, welcoming gallery and it’s such a shame that it was violated in this way.

“It just seems like a waste. I put my heart and soul into my paintings, but I have to sell them to make a living. That means I am used to seeing them go.

“However I know that when someone is prepared to spend their hard earned money, they are buying the work because it speaks to them in some way.

“I know they will enjoy the paintings for many years to come, seeing new things every day. That gives me great satisfaction.

“In the case of theft this can’t really be true, the thieves probably didn’t make a judgement, just looked at the price tag.

“If they sold it, it would have most likely have been to someone who had not made a considered decision against the many other options in the gallery.”

The glass window of the gallery had been smashed to gain access to the painting which measures 60x60cm was on sale for £995.

North Yorkshire Police are currently investigating the incident and conducting enquiries.

Police have also requested the public’s assistance to help determine the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

A spokesperson for NYP said: “In particular, we are appealing for information about any persons seen acting suspiciously in the area at this time or information on the whereabouts of the painting.”

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to call police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Kerrie Roworth.

You can also email quoting reference number NYP-08052016-0114

Those who wish to remain anonymous, can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.