Artist’s tribute to Spalding wall art

The Blue Rider: Adrian believes ancient coins regain power when dug up. Photo John Congreve.
The Blue Rider: Adrian believes ancient coins regain power when dug up. Photo John Congreve.

Previous work by Adrian Fordham paid tribute to a little known part of the heritage of South Holland.

The Pode Hole artist produced paintings inspired by the whimsical images of horses, boats, birds and other animals that appeared on house fronts and walls in Spalding particularly during the 1960s and 1970s.

The embellishments were the work of Jack Cooper, a man of all trades, who for many years worked for a local building firm. Jack would leave a relief image of a horse or some other simple motif on buildings he had worked on. Adrian believes Jack produced hundreds of these wall sculptures. When Adrian realised that Jack’s whimsical wall art was disappearing he started researching his life and work – and then produced two large paintings as a tribute.

One piece was called Anchorage, the name of Jack’s home in Little London in Spalding, showing the boats, ducks and ship’s wheel commonly seen in Jack’s work.

The other, the Stampede of the Mobos, was a humorous depiction of the sculptural relief horses that were once a common sight in the town.