30th December 2021

Art in the Café: Matthew Ellwood

After graduating from Kent Institute of Art in 2006 with a BA in Product Design, Matthew returned to the North, initially to Corbridge, Northumberland. It was here that he began to paint commissions of landscapes and buildings, and finally struck upon his unique Tower concept.

Matthew’s intricate Tower paintings incorporate culturally and historically significant landmarks, public and private buildings, and the landscapes that characterise the city, town, or area of the subject. Through his painstakingly detailed architectural constructions, Matthew captures the spirit of both a place and its people.

Painting in such a detailed and imaginative way, Matthew has become established in the Northeast for his intriguing, iconic style.

Matthew’s Tower paintings to date include Liverpool, Scotland’s Whisky Distilleries, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Chester, York, the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales, Harrogate & Knaresborough, Leeds, Newcastle, Durham, the North East Coast, Darlington, London, Weardale, Sunderland, Sedbergh, and, back to where it all started, Corbridge. As well as these specific locations, Matthew has painted the Tower of Fable, combining characters and scenes from many well-loved children’s stories and fairytales, and the Tower of Topple, Matthew’s searing critique of modern-day society.

Matthew uses watercolour, pen, inks, and a lot of patience.

All of Matthew’s ‘Tower’ A3 pictures, which are hung in the café, are also available to order in A2 (£195) or A1 (£390) size. Also available to view at Reception are Towers of Liverpool, London, Chester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Leeds.


Matthew Ellwood will be showing his artwork in the Café from 1st November until the New Year (Daily, excluding Sundays and closure over the Christmas Holidays)

All of Matthew’s work is available to purchase, please contact us on 01969 621146, email [email protected] or come see us at Garden Rooms Reception.

December Opening Hours:

Christmas Eve (Friday 24th December) – CLOSED

Christmas Day (Saturday 25th December) – CLOSED

Boxing Day (Sunday 26th December) – CLOSED

Monday 27th December – CLOSED

Tuesday 28th December – CLOSED

Wednesday 29th December – OPEN 8:30am – 5pm

Thursday 30th December – OPEN 8.30am – 5pm

New Year’s Eve (Friday 31st December) – CLOSED

New Year’s Day (Saturday 1st January) – CLOSED

Sunday 2nd January – CLOSED

Monday 3rd January – CLOSED

Tuesday 4th January – OPEN – Normal business hours resume

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