Popular Yorkshire artist Ashley Jackson is to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Huddersfield.

The honour is an acknowledgement of his contribution to the Arts.

A University spokesman said, “Ashley Jackson’s evocative and distinctive paintings of brooding moorlands are some of the best-known images of the Yorkshire landscape and have been exhibited around the world. And his determination to make art accessible to all has meant that he furnished illustrations for a BT phone book cover and a Yorkshire Bank debit card.

Ashley Jackson painting in his beloved Yorkshire

Ashley Jackson painting in his beloved Yorkshire

“He has made many television appearances, including the long-running YTV series A Brush with Ashley.  His gallery in Holmfirth has long been established as a mecca for art lovers.”

Ashley, whose work can be seen each month in the Dalesman, said, “Against all odds, arriving in Yorkshire at the age of nine with little more than a sketchbook and a desire to be an artist my paintings of Yorkshire have been my passport. I am absolutely humbled by this fantastic award from the University of Huddersfield, as a passionate Yorkshireman to be honoured by my peers is one of the greatest honours I could achieve, to have my accomplishments in the Arts to be rewarded by the Academia is absolutely stunning.

“I am lost for words. I am truly thankful.”

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