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Winding Down? Not a bit of it!

Most folk in their 80s tend to slow down a bit, put their feet up and relax.Not Joe. Against the backdrop of completing the commission for the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, his work and social life are vibrant. Along with his weekly signing sessions, he spends time coordinating his contributions and donations for charities and schools. Earlier this month he was one of the guests of honour at the Black Diamond Charity Ball at Wentworth Woodhouse. This week he is being interviewed by the Star for a special pull out edition probably for this Saturday. He will visit two local schools who are using his art in their curriculum, in November. As Ambassador for Sheffield Hospital Charities, he has agreed to host a meet and greet fundraising exhibition of his work at the Lord Mayors Rooms in December. He is working closely with his management team to create a new line of jigsaws featuring his most popular works. Joe does like to strike a work life balance, with his weekly trips to the cinema and his weekly luncheon with his business partner and his monthly lunches and dinners with his friends and peers. Amidst all this he is creating some small character studies for his upcoming exhibition next year, THEN AND NOW” “For me, it’s not about separating work and leisure because I enjoy  my work so much, it’s not a chore and I know how lucky I am to be paid well for doing what I love. I’ve always enjoyed work, wether it was a doorman at the Cinema, or a Park Keeper, both of which by the way came with a spiffing uniform and ladies like a uniform. I even enjoyed my time down the pit where I met some of the finest men I’ve ever known. My time working at Batchelors Peas as a young man, where the women outnumbered the men by 30 to 1 was particularly enjoyable. I have wonderful family, friends and colleagues who support, encourage and sustain me.  Painting now, unencumbered by the financial and time pressures of my earlier days is probably more pleasurable now than it’s ever been. While ever I can work, I will. It’s what I do, what I’ve always done. Work is the religion of the north and it’s good for the soul.”

A glimpse into Joe's early days as a painter

Baking Day at 43 Fitzalan Street   Those who know Joe would not describe him as an over sentimental or emotional man but our latest acquisition almost brought a tear to his eye.  He saw the huge 30”x 40” painting and stood for a long moment with his hand over his mouth,...

TRANSPARENCY TREASURE TROVE.

In the summer of last year when we moved Joe from his old boat, we took away a few old boxes and carrier bags of bits and bobs that Joe had accumulated over the last few years. These were sitting in HQ  gathering dust until our archivist went through them...

The School Run

We know the last year has been tough for everyone but as always it seems as though mums have stoically born more of the burden than most. What with working from home, having the kids at home and heaven forbid having husbands at home. We asked Joe if he could...

The Shackleton Bomber 1968

In response to our request to discover Joes long lost works, we were sent images of this work from 1968 which is clearly before he developed his own recognisable style. It was given by Joe to the family that owned it in return for a favour that the father did...

The Story of 'Dore and Totley Station'

Before the latest dreaded lockdown, in the halcyon days that were Tier 2, Joe and I did our bit to ‘eat out to help out’ by holding our “business lunches” in some of Sheffield’s delectable taverns. One such eatery was The Summer House at Dore.After one particularly long lunch we...

Joe 2021

Now that Joe has had both his jabs, it looks as though Covid is just another adversity in his long life that has been overcome and he’s looking forward to the coming year in his usual rude health. He said philosophically, “I know something will get me eventually but at...

Have you ever thought about Joe's Prints as an investment?

We know Joe's followers and fans love in his works because of their beautiful colours, composition and subject matter, but have you ever thought about them as an investment? Here at Joe Scarborough Art, we use expert photographic techniques to take a digital image of Joe's artwork that is then used...

Gone in 60 Seconds

“BUSKER ON EASY STREET” SELLS IN RECORD TIME. At the end of October a painting by Joe titled “THAT’S HIM” sold within 30 minutes of it being offered for sale.  We thought that record might stand for a while, but no. His latest work called “BUSKER ON EASY STREET” has...

Ambassador Joe!

Not only did Joe instruct us to provide a plethora of prizes for the Neurocare Charity Christmas Raffle, he also agreed to be an Ambassador for this worthy organisation. He’s not sure exactly what his duties will be at the moment but we know he will execute them with his usual...

Joe's Corking Calendar 2021

With the rising prices of Joes original paintings and even a basic signed print selling for £100, Joe has, for a while been concerned that a large portion of his fans and admirers who supported him through good times and bad for so many years could no  longer afford to...

On the up for Joe's Originals

With global interest now growing in Joes work, fewer and fewer are coming to the market as the investment potential of Joes work is being realised. Original Joe Scarborough's that do come up for auction now sell for double or triple the Auctioneers estimate which begs the question, where do...

“TEA TIME”

In our tireless quest to discover the whereabouts of Joes original works we have uncovered many gems but this one is very special.

Rush Hour, Holmesfield

After inheriting this painting, a lady from Chesterfield decided to do a little research. She saw the handwritten title and signature by George Cunningham on the back of the frame which led her to Joescarborough.co.uk, which is custodian of George’s archive. In that archive she found the actual two page preparatory sketch for...

Joe Scarborough stars in event at stately home

Famed Sheffield artists Joe Scarborough will be talking about his life at a special event in the Rotherham stately home which stars in his latest painting. Joe, 82, has stamped his inimitable style on a glorious, action-packed oil painting to help Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust with its fundraising. He will...

Adventures in Harthill

After seeing this mysterious image on Facebook of what appeared to be one of Joes paintings in some kind of shrine, Joe and I decided to do a little investigating. Like Sheffield’s answer to Midsomer Murders, Barnaby and Troy, we headed out to the picturesque village of HARTHILL in the...